Santosh Varghese ’13, Wine Specialist and Marketing & Public Relations Manager at Zachys Wine Auctions

Degree: Wine and Beverage Program Major: Culinary Arts Campus: Hyde Park, NY Santosh Varghese ’13, Wine Specialist and Marketing & Public Relations Manager at Zachys Wine Auctions, had a successful career in international banking with Deutsche Bank in London and New York, yet something didn’t feel quite right. "My job wasn’t fulfilling," says Santosh. "I kept going back to my love of food, … [Read more...]

Diane McMartin ’11, Wine Consultant, Chain Bridge Cellars

When it comes to talking wine, Chain Bridge Cellars Wine Consultant Diane McMartin ’11 has the floor. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America’s Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program (AWBP), Diane loves to use what she learned to recommend the perfect wine. “My favorite kind of customer,” says Diane, “is the one saying ‘I’m making this recipe and need to find a complementary … [Read more...]

Amy Racine ’11, Sommelier, Sons & Daughters, Sweet Woodruff, and The Square

Amy Racine ’11 always knew she would return to the San Francisco Bay area. The vibrant culinary and enological culture of the city is a constant source of inspiration for the culinarian turned sommelier. Amy’s time spent at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Accelerated Wine and Beverage Program (AWBP) was the beginning of a career that’s all about professional growth. Now … [Read more...]

Food, Wine, and (Agri)Culture Makes the French Connection

Article from the student newspaper, La Papillote. Written by Brent Wasser, Instructor in Liberal Arts. “Shocking” is how first-semester senior Ashley Corbett described the chance to travel to France in October. Considering the CIA’s newest Food, Wine, and (Agri)Culture destination, she noted, “France would be the most obvious destination for a wine and food seminar.” After more than a year of … [Read more...]

The Kopf Scholarship

“Opportunity of a lifetime” is an absolute understatement when describing the basket of goodies awarded to recipients of the Kopf Scholarship. First of all, to be quite honest, the “opportunity” is really only available to the most passionate, studious, and driven students amongst us. For that group of students, winning becomes the challenge of a lifetime. And, once the winners are chosen, it … [Read more...]