A Live Talk Show
THE WINE HOUR

June 9, 2022

Special Guest

MICHAEL ELLIS

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, PASSIONOMY.TV, DUBAI, UAE & BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

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MICHAEL ELLIS

Co-Founder And CEO, Passionomy.tv, Dubai, UAE & Brussels, Belgium

Before co-founding digital content start-up Passionomy.tv in early 2021, Michael was the Chief Culinary Officer at Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts from 2018 until 2021, overseeing the food and beverage activities of their 23 properties in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to his time at Jumeirah, from 2011 to 2018, Michael was Global Director of the world-renowned Michelin Guides, managing the Michelin Inspection teams around the world and overseeing the production of Michelin Guides in 27 countries around the globe. This gave Michael an intimate knowledge of the world’s best chefs and restauranteurs and a unique understanding of global culinary trends. Earlier in his career, Michael has held senior commercial roles with a number of multinational companies in Europe, including leisure industry leader Club Med, the world’s largest wine and spirits producer, Diageo, and the motorcycle tire division of Michelin.

As a young man Michael attended the Ecole Hoteliere Ferrandi in Paris, and worked both in front and back of the house positions at Fairmont and Rosewood hotels. A dual American and French citizen, Michael has spent most of his life in Europe, and speaks fluently French, Spanish and Italian in addition to his native English. Michael obtained degrees from Oberlin College (B.A.) and Johns Hopkins University (M.A.) in the USA and INSEAD (M.B.A.) in France.

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The Wine Dream Team
Jaime Araujo The Wine Hour

JAIME ARAUJO, UNCORKED

Founder and CEO of Trois Noix, Napa Valley.
As a 2nd generation winemaker, Jaime initially spent 24 years in Europe before returning to Napa. Moving to Europe, she didn’t work in Wine directly. Only after a career as a London theatreland actress, and earning her MBA from INSEAD, did she return to the World of Wine. First, she taught the French how to sell their wines. Then upon returning to Napa, she continued carving her own path. She created Trois Noix a wine that she wants to use as a platform for change.

Akos Forczek The Wine Hour

AKOS FORCZEK, UNCORKED

Founder and Chairman of Top Selection Wines and 9elmswines, London.
Akos’s life reads like a John Le Carré novel. Hungarian born under the Soviet occupation, raised in Algeria in the ’70s, and trained as a special force he witnessed the Fall of the Berlin Wall from inside. Then he left for Western Europe and started working in Wine and Spirits. After earning his MBA from INSEAD, he moved to London where he founded Top Selection Wines. Since 2018, Top Selection has been the recipient of the UK Fine Wine Merchant of the Year award given byUK sommeliers. A first.

Tanisha Townsend The Wine Hour

TANISHA TOWNSEND, LICENSED TO TASTE

Chief Wine Officer of Girl Meets Glass, Paris.
Born and raised in South Side Chicago, Tanisha was not predestined to the World of Wine. In fact, she started studying cyber forensic. Then serendipity struck twice. The first time was at a Wine Festival in Washington where she asked all the wrong questions possible (so she can relate if you are new to Wine) but was still fascinated by this beverage. The second time was to move to her dream city of Paris. Going to the “Old World” and fulfilling her Wine dream, she pursues her mission to teach and educate about wine.

The Wine Hour Ray Isle Food & Wine

RAY ISLE, HONORARY MEMBER OF THE WINE DREAM TEAM

Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine Magazine.
Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine and the Wine & Spirits Editor for Travel + Leisure. He writes Food & Wine’s monthly “Bottle Service” column, and contributes regular print and online features about wine, spirits, and wine-related travel to both brands. His articles about wine, beer, food and spirits have appeared in a wide range of national publications, he has been nominated three times for a James Beard Award, and has twice won the IACP Award for Narrative Beverage Writing. He speaks regularly on wine at live events and is a frequent guest on national media, having appeared on programs such as Today, CNBC’s On the Money & Squawk Box, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and American Public Media’s “Splendid Table,” among others.

Antoine Abou-Samra The Wine Hour

ANTOINE ABOU-SAMRA, HOST

Founder of A Table For Two / Creator The Wine Hour
After a long and diverse career as an entrepreneur, former athlete, radio host, and 3-time CEO, Antoine decided to go back to what he enjoyed most: Food & Wine and Media. He created A Table For Two a multi-format content creation house. Using the thread of Food & Wine, he not only helps the audience discover and understand other cultures but also engages them in related issues such as the Environment, Climate Change, Sustainability, or Diversity.

Show Description

The Talk-Show that removes your wine anxiety.

WHAT IS THE SHOW ABOUT?

Running every 3 weeks, The Wine Hour is a show on the Wine World. Built around 3 segments, the show offers an entertaining yet insightful approach on wine-related topics and issues. You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy it. Though it is broadcast on Zoom, the show is made to be listened to. So grab a glass of wine, sit back, relax and enjoy!

WHO IS THE SHOW FOR?

If you love or are interested in Wine but you are not necessarily an expert, then this show is for you! The main idea is that you can enjoy Wine whatever level of knowledge you have. So, if you are curious and want to discover more about Wine, tune in.

THE THREE SHOW SEGMENTS

UNCORKED

In our first segment, Uncorked, our team of Wine Experts, Jaime Araujo, Akos Forczek and Ray Isle (from time to time), deliver comments on current trends from the Wine industry, market and personalities.

LICENSED TO TASTE

In Licensed To Taste, our second segment, Tanisha Townsend will talk about Wine in a friendly, introducing wine regions, or grapes among other topics. She will also answer your wine questions (not necessarily related to the show’s topics).

HAVE A DRINK WITH ME

In our last segment, Have A Drink With Me, your host, Antoine Abou-Samra, has a relaxed conversation with the show special guest(s).

SCHEDULE

The Wine Hour will run every three weeks on Thursday at the following time:
20:30 UK / 12:30 PST / 15:30 EST / 21:30 CET

WHERE TO LISTEN

The Live Podcast will be aired on Zoom. Registration is mandatory.

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