“Hospitality is understanding what a guests needs are, and making them feel warm and welcome, no matter the situation.”
Alisha is an independent wine consultant based in St. Louis. In this episode, we discuss how a somm gets into character before hitting the restaurant floor, the importance of ‘being yourself,’ and why horses are our greatest companions. Despite her claims of shyness, Alisha not only lights up the room with her presence, but also harnesses the power to bring the industry truly forward in the coming years.
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Alisha Blackwell-Calvert, Independent Wine Consultant, St. Louis
Alisha Blackwell-Calvert is an independent wine consultant, based in St Louis. She began working in restaurants in 2004, after studying Equestrian Science & Biology at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. In 2017, she was hired as a sommelier at Reeds American Table in St Louis, which Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded as one of the top 100 Restaurants for three years in a row. In 2018, she was named as a “Rising Star” by Feast Magazine, as well as one of Wine Enthusiast’s “Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers.” Throughout her wine career, she has worked as a sommelier, a beverage consultant, as well as in sales and distribution.