aka wine geek specializes in the professional presentation of wine, beer, sake, spirits and non-alcohol beverage education for the trade, consumers, press and the media.
Most importantly, we make tasting and learning fun!
Our goal is to empower members of the trade and consumers alike to make their own decisions and trust their palates.
The company is based on Steven Olson’s standing as being one of America’s foremost experts and most sought-after lecturers in the business.
aka winegeek is more than Steve Olson. It is a network of employees and contracted consultants, including several speakers and sommeliers, bartenders and servers throughout the US, that collaborate to make his vision happen.
The company acts as a liaison between all strata of the industry, serving in an educational and advisory capacity between producer, importer, distributor, sales force, restaurateur, retailer, management, servers, and all others involved in the presentation and sales of beverages, creating the opportunity for successful interface with the consumer.
June 03, 2013 - June 04, 2013
Steve will return as judge for the World Class U.S., a yearlong cocktail education program presented by the United States Bartendersâ€™ Guild and sponsored by DIAGEO. This year, 20 finalists will be selected to participate in the USBG presents World Class U.S. Finale sponsored by Diageo from June 3-4 in New York City. Only one bartender will be named the "U.S. Bartender of the Year" and will represent our country in the Global Finale.
September 23, 2013 - September 27, 2013
BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource) will return to the Astor Center in NYC to hold its 5-day Intermediate Certificate Program. BAR is an independent organization whose program instructs attendees not only about the details and techniques necessary to be a competent maker of mixed drinks, but likewise about the pedigree and use of all the fine distilled spirits that act as the base spirits for cocktails. BARs mission is to educate, guide, and propagate the healthy, enlightened, and responsible use of beverage alcohol products. The school is in a unique position to create and teach a series of courses that will not just train, but actually educate those who take them, be they service industry professionals, members of the media, or curious consumers.
Matching Spirits and Cocktails With Food - June 13, 2008
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Food Friendly Beverage Programs - June 13, 2008
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Wines from Spain with Japanese Cuisine...? - June 13, 2008
The country of Spain is a study in diversity: a colorful tapestry of cultures, peoples, and cuisines. Just as diverse, are the wines made there, from the geography, topography, microclimates,...more