VINUM 55 PHOENIX
ABOUT THIS LOCATION
Located in North Central Phoenix, Vinum 55 Phoenix is housed in a repurposed Ralph Haver building. Take in a distinctly mid-century modern aesthetic while enjoying an outfitted tasting room and temperate outdoor patio for your sipping pleasure.
Kat Jolley, Certified Sommelier
Director of Wine, Cellar Manager
Kat Leas has been a part of the Food + Beverage industry for over fourteen years, spending her time working for some incredible establishments with top notch wine lists. It was about a year ago that she realized she needed a change- It was time to turn her passion for wine in to a career. In September of 2016, Kat completed her Level One certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers and it was then that her journey in wine really took off.
Since then, she has made the transition from restaurants to full time oenophile/Vinum 55 employee and she couldn’t be happier about it. In her short time with Vinum, she’s had the chance to taste some once in a lifetime wines, shared by absolutely wonderful people- most recently a ‘78 Petrus and an ’89 Clos Ste. Hune that were truly ethereal. Kat is beyond grateful for the learning opportunities that she is afforded on a daily basis and she is constantly pushing herself to develop her palate and knowledge of the different varietals, winemakers and growing regions.
Outside of work, Kat enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their friends, traveling, dining out and of course- DRINKING WINE! Her go-to reds will always be Pinot Noir from Burgundy or old Barolo and her go-to white of the moment is a crisp, dry Riesling. Kat’s favorite thing about the wine industry is that it’s constantly evolving and progressing- Always keeping her inspired and on her toes!
Kathryn Fogo, CMS Level 1
Assistant Cellar Manager
Kathryn is the Assistant Cellar Manager of our Scottsdale location. She has been involved with the hospitality industry since she was a teenager. Kathryn attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise, specializing in Visual Communications. While producing fashion shows and photoshoots was her first love, she eventually moved over to the hospitality industry full time.
Her dedication for all things wine was more of a slow dance than an immediate connection. The knowledge, passion, determination, and science that is involved with winemaking is what grasped Kathryn’s attention. The deep-rooted family traditions and generations of committed individuals brought out the art and beauty of winemaking for her. Kathryn is currently a level one certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and she is committed to becoming a certified sommelier in 2020.
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc will always be Kathryn’s favorite varietal. In March of 2019, Kathryn had the invigorating experience of visiting Marlborough and witnessed the beauty of the country where it is grown.
As of recent, Chablis, Burgundies, and juicy Zinfandels have become a new found love for Kathryn. She is motivated daily by the hard work and dedication her co-workers show at Vinum 55.
Pairing food with wine is one of her favorite aspects about being in the wine industry. Finding that perfect balance of complementary flavors is electrifying. Kathryn is excited about the endless possibilities of learning, sharing and connecting through the awesome work she is honored to do through Vinum 55.
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