Assistant Beverage Director
Amber is the Assistant Beverage Director at Corkbuzz Wine Studio in Union Square, working closely with owner Laura Maniec MS and the sommelier team. She is responsible for staff education, Corkbuzz consumer wine classes and participates in curating the wine list; twice-nominated for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program. Amber arrived in New York in 2013 armed with a passion for culture, travel, food and storytelling, and determined to explore her interest in wine. She found the study of wine to be an organic extension of her love of travel and culture, and has worked two harvests, with Carl Ehrhard in Rüdesheim, Germany, in 2014 and Brooks Wines in Amity, Oregon in 2017. In 2017, she earned her Diploma in Wine & Spirits through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, passed the Certified Sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and in 2019 became a Valpolicella Wine Specialist. Amber passed the Spanish Wine Scholar with the Wine Scholar Guild with Highest Honors, and hosts Spanish Wine Scholar courses at Corkbuzz in New York and Charlotte, North Carolina. She has traveled in wine growing regions in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Georgia, Bulgaria, South Africa and the U.S. Aside from talking about wine, she loves to share stories about her travels in more than 40 countries.