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!
Assistant Cellar Manager
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!
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