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Rachel Schlemmer |


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I grew up skiing and hiking in Colorado, but fell in love with New York City on a school trip and knew this is where I had to be. By the time I was 21 I was living in Jersey City and bartending to pay for school. Thus my learning and love of food, wine and spirits began.


Like many young 20-somethings I had an appreciation for adult beverages. But it was while bartending at a small Italian wine bar in Hell’s Kitchen that I truly fell in love with wine and spirits. A glass of Montepulciano and learning the art of Negronis changed my understanding of it all. I realized that wine and spirits are about more than just who you’re with and where you are, they are about place, people and history. Before beginning my career with Convive, I tended bar for over a decade in some of New York’s finest drinking establishments such as The Library of Distilled Spirits, Cote, and Danny Meyer’s Porchlight. 


I live in Manhattan with my husband and two cats, and there is almost nothing in the world that I love more than a glass of rosé on Rockaway Beach. 

Favorite Horror Movies

  • Evil Dead
  • The Shining
  • Alien
  • Hereditary
  • A Quiet Place

Drinks With (Spicy) Tacos

  • Muscadet
  • Riesling
  • Cotes du Rhone
  • Sour Beer
  • Margarita on the rocks with salt

Road Trip Bands

  • Chicago
  • The Eagles
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Pink Floyd
  • Jimmy Hendrix

What I Do When Not Drinking

  • Rock climbing
  • In the ocean
  • Scrabble
  • Netflix with my cats (and husband)
  • Reading in Central Park

Favorite Drinking Experiences

  • At the beach
  • Wine pairings on date night
  • Family reunions
  • A beer after hiking or climbing
  • Super Bowl parties (gambling included)

Stuff I Want To Do

  • Travel around Europe
  • Be a better cook
  • Open a wine store in Honolulu
  • Learn to surf
  • Climb more rocks

Sunday Night Restaurants

  • Bar Verde
  • Screamers Pizza
  • Taqueria
  • Champs Diner
  • Cooking at home






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