WSET Certified Educator, Instructor
Born and raised in London, Yeliz stumbled upon wine when she applied for her first job back in 2006 – she had no prior knowledge of wine but was fortunate to be given the opportunity to learn on the job at Vinopolis, a wine museum in London Bridge. There she learned about wine through the lens and passion of others which included wine journalists and winemakers. What really fueled her own passion for wine was the experience of visitors on the tour. It was here that Yeliz began to understand what a significant relationship there was between knowledge and enjoyment of wine and how learning could open so many doors for further exploration. Here, she completed her Level 2 Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) qualification.
Yeliz took a detour from wine and worked in front of house operations in the entertainment industry which led to an amazing cultural experience working in Istanbul. A whole decade later, she found herself in Las Vegas and committed herself to continuing her education in wine. After completing her Level 3 Advanced certification with the WSET, she began her career as an Instructor with Napa Valley Wine Academy. Yeliz finds the ability to instill knowledge and passion of wine in others immensely rewarding and finds herself lucky to be doing what she loves. She is due to finish her WSET Diploma in wine in 2020 and is committed to making wine accessible to and enjoyed by as many people as she can!