WINE WORK & PASSION EPISODE 24 – Italian Wine Professional certification program & Co-founder of – Geralyn Brostrom

Geralyn Brostrom Head Shot 002 Geralyn Brostrom is an instructor in the Wine MBA program at the Wine Business Institute at SSU.  She’s also the Developer of the Italian Wine Professional certification program and co-founder of the website  And, as if that weren’t enough, she’s a consultant, public speaker, and the author of well-known books – the Business of Wine and Into Italian Wine. 


Geralyn offers a mountain of insights to help you dive into the wine industry headfirst so be sure to stick around until the end so you don’t miss a thing.  




Karen Wetzel

Karen Wetzel

Karen Wetzel is a highly regarded, experienced Wine & Spirits Industry professional and a well-credentialed Wine & Spirits Educator. With over 30 years in the industry, she has experience in most every aspect of the distribution and supply chain and her expertise can help you jump start or advance your career. Starting as a sales rep, Karen has held key positions within the distribution and supplier network including Category Manager, National Accounts Manager, Director of Sales and Director of Wine Education. She has helped countless others advance their careers through mentorships and best-in-class sales training courses. She has also developed wine & spirits education programs for employees, distributors and restaurant/retail trade partners with the goal of helping them thrive in our industry. Karen is a WSET Certified Educator, has her WSET Level 3 in Wine & Spirits and WSET Level 2 in Spirits and holds expert certifications for Napa Valley, Rioja and American wines from the Napa Valley Wine Academy. Today, Karen teaches at the Napa Valley Wine Academy. She also develops career development content and coaches Wine & Spirits Industry Professionals.