Visionaries 2020 is a series of intimate gatherings hosted by East Hampton’s Guild Hall that introduces innovators and their personal stories of success. The program follows the journeys of creative “visionaries” as they realize their dreams, break boundaries, and create businesses and organizations that reflect their values and histories. Conversations are moderated by someone close to the featured speaker and reveal extraordinary narratives about starting something new.
The next program, on Friday, December 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will feature Vanessa Price who will share her deep passion for wine and her journey to the top of the industry. The event will take place at 51 Edgemere Street in Montauk, the location of her future restaurant opening Spring 2022, and will explore Price’s extensive knowledge with a special food and wine pairing experience. The program will be moderated by Mary Ferrara of The American Hotel.
Born and raised in Kentucky, Price first caught the wine bug working in a small winery down south. She followed her passion for wine and moved to New York City in 2007, starting as a sommelier on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. From there she moved on to wine education, PR and events for wine-focused client services, consulting for private wine collectors and wine lists in New York City restaurants, and as a distributor and importer, working with some of the most renowned restaurants and wineries in the world today. Through this years-long diverse education of the wine world, Vanessa decided to dedicate herself to being both a student and teacher of wine.
Today she is the creative director and founder of The Vinum Collective, creating visual content for winery and hospitality entities. She is a wine writer for New York magazine, a certified Level 4 Diploma of Wine and Spirits carrier and an instructor for The Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Her book “Big Macs & Burgundy,” a spin-off of her column, was released with Abrams and Penguin Random House in October.
Price is currently the managing partner in developing a high-end restaurant concept for the Montauk space where the event will be held. Her mission is to help translate the complexities of wine to wine lovers the world over. She also teaches a popular wine class at Columbia University. Most of all she has a passion for grape juice and all the people who make it, sell it, and live it.
Tickets for the presentation are $300 for a table for two guests, $250 for Visionaries members. Visit guildhall.org for more information and to reserve.