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Hillary Zio |

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I am a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and hold an Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits with the WSET. I have taught over 400 wine classes to date, and continue to be fascinated by the never-ending world of wine.


With over 12 years of industry experience (restaurant, retail, and wholesale), I now work with wine brands on creative content. My book, "The Unfiltered Guide to Working in Wine" is the ultimate tool for anyone looking for a career within the industry. I'm a self-proclaimed francophile and minerality junkie. My favorite wines often come from cool climates, are made naturally, and exhibit earth-derived characteristics, heightened acidity and low tannins.

Favorite Wine Trips:

  • Loire
  • Burgundy
  • Piedmont
  • Sonoma
  • Champagne

When I'm Drinking, But It's Not Wine:

  • Cider
  • Negroni
  • Manhattan
  • IPA
  • Sour

When I'm Not Drinking:

  • Doing baby stuff with my one year old
  • Looking for a pool
  • Trying to cook things I've never cooked before
  • Looking for a beach
  • House stalking/real estate drive-bys

Guilty Pleasures

  • Love Island
  • The fries at Burger King
  • 90s Alternative/Grunge
  • Eating mozzarella as if it were an apple
  • Learning TikTok dances

Hudson Valley Restaurants:

  • Gaskins
  • The Maker
  • Hudson Food Studio
  • Oak
  • Lawrence Park



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