Amy Payne


Amy Payne

Amy is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommelier program and recently placed as a bronze medalist in the TOP|SOMM competition in April 2010. She has won an educational enrichment program to Bordeaux, passed service and tasting of the Advanced Level Exam and was most recently the Wine Director at L2O, a 3 Michelin Star awarded restaurant in Chicago. When she is not working, Amy enjoys running, yoga, cooking, guitar, and ridiculously good wine with great company.

The Many Faces of Viognier

Despite variety of styles, Viognier can be a bombshell when it’s made right

Legends For The Autumn Season

How wines with high acidity and tannins will complement the flavors of fall

Wine For Those Lazy Dog Days of Summer

Sizzle up your beverage offerings with these hot trends.

A Growing Wine Region: Arizona

Surprise your guests with a wine outside their normal routines.

The Vine Through The Line

How the wine-on-tap revolution may just improve your profits.

In With the New

How spring cleaning can help energize your menu.

European Wine Trends

In global economy, power is in the hands, or palate, of the consumer

Roses Are Red, Table For Two

From upselling to oysters, how romance can raise revenues

No Siesta in Sight For Wines of Spain

Promoter reveals the hot regions and trends to expect this year.

Wines for Holiday Parties

Getting through the holidays one glass at a time.