VINUM 55 CHANDLER
ABOUT THIS LOCATION
Located in the Downtown Ocotillo Lifestyle Center, Vinum 55 Chandler brings wine country to you. Take in the classic atmosphere, complete with a fully stocked tasting room. From our rooftop patio to the cellar tasting room, we offer a variety of ongoing social opportunities to mingle with fellow wine lovers.
Suzanne is the Assistant Cellar Manager at our Phoenix location. She received her degree in Fashion & Business Administration which led to traveling all over the country opening stores, hosting special events and fashion shows. She had amazing opportunities to plan and execute events for Bon Appetit and the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen which opened her eyes to the world of wine. After an almost twenty-year career in fashion and retail, she took a trip to Napa Valley and solidified her love for wine. She transitioned into the wine industry in 2008, working for direct importers of boutique wines from Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, South Africa, New Zealand and beyond. For two years she relocated to Oregon as a Brand Ambassador for Willamette Valley Vineyards hosting guests at the winery and traveling the country to educate wine lovers about how terroir makes the valley such a unique wine-growing region. Living and working at the winery provided true insider knowledge about the winemaking process and even a chance to get her hands dirty!
As you may guess some of her favorite wines are Oregon and Burgundian Pinot Noirs, but it is truly all the colder climate varietals that make her sing – especially those from the Alto Adige region of Northern Italy and its neighbor Austria. Soft, elegant, earthy reds and bright, acidic, mineral-driven whites are what really get her going. And working at Vinum 55 is the perfect storm for Suzanne! She is exposed to yet even more unique wines from around the world, she learns more about wine every day from her co-workers and our partners, and she gets to host our wine lovers in a beautiful space.
Also, as a registered yoga teacher, when not at Vinum you will most likely find Suzanne on her yoga mat or sipping wine while enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her rescue dog Zsa Zsa living up to her motto: wine a little, you’ll feel better!
Lisa Julius, CMS Level 1
Assistant Cellar Manager
Lisa Julius Is the Assistant Cellar Manger at our Chandler location. Lisa started her career in the Food and Beverage Industry decorating and selling pies for a local bakery when she was a teenager. The biggest influence on her love of cooking came from spending endless hours in her grandmother’s kitchen. Ever since she could remember she was learning how to make pies, cinnamon rolls, and noodles from scratch. Lisa went on to attend the School of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management in Santa Barbara, CA. She spent 20+ years in the hospitality business catering and opening restaurants in Santa Barbara and San Diego. Her interest was sparked in the world of wine after a trip she took to Italy, France, and Spain. Her fascination for learning more about wine and how it was made lead her to Napa Valley where she spent 5 years working in the wine industry. Lisa has received her level one certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and is now focused on studying for the Certified Specialist of Wine degree.
Her favorite wine region is, of course, Napa Valley. You will find her drinking a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, bold Napa Cab, or enjoying her newfound love for Sangiovese. Vinum55 has exposed her to wines from all over the world and she takes pleasure in being part of a community that shares as much excitement for wine as she does.
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