Michele got her start at the Culinary Institute of America. She was the tutor for the wine class for over a year, while finishing her bachelor’s in business management. After graduation, she got her first job as a Sommelier at Savona in Philadelphia. She worked there for four years, hosting weekly wine tastings and monthly wine dinners. During this time, she started working for Angel’s Envy as a Whiskey Guardian, where she worked for three years. From Savona she moved to Steven Starr’s Barclay Prime. Shortly after, she started working at The Four Season’s Jean Georges in Philadelphia. The COVID 19 pandemic hit, with her there just over a year. Michele moved down to South Carolina to manage a restaurant while the North East was shut down. During the lock-down, Michele wrote her book: Pairing Paws: Dog Breeds and Their Spirit Wines. She is now the Wine & Beverage Director at the Fearless Restaurant Group, overseeing 10 restaurants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, an Executive Bourbon Steward through the Stake and Thief Society, a Certified Sake Advisor through the Sake School of America, a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators, and a Diploma Student through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
Nov. 18, 2022
Is there anything more lovable than a French Chardonnay? Perhaps only a Golden Retriever! Certified Sommelier Michele Gargiulo teaches us how to pair lovable shelter dogs with delicious wines.