Wine & Spirit Demonstrations
The sampling doesn’t stop with the food! Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits will be showcasing their best wines and attendees will get a chance to sip and learn from their experts!
Armando Rosario – Master Mixologist & Spirits Educator
Born in Mozambique, East Africa, Armando Rosario has spent 30 years of his life passionately pursuing the art of the crafted cocktail. Only by traveling across the globe, relentlessly seeking education and mastery did he earn the designation Master Mixologist. His “Make It Fresh and Keep It Simple” philosophy has been torture tested by winning cocktail competitions the world over, as well as, developing cocktails in the beverage meccas of New York, and the mega casino resorts of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Armando’s expertise has been highlighted extensively with features in national publications such as, The Wall Street Journal, The Tasting Panel, and Cheers, who named him “The Best Bartender in America” in 2009. Making his home in Orlando, Florida as Executive Director of Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits, the largest wholesaler of wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks in the world, Armando’s mantra now drives much of the powerhouse beverage programs at Disneyworld & Disneyland Parks, Universal Studios Orlando, Hard Rock Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Eddy V’s Premium Seafood, and Bahama Breeze to only name a few.
In addition to accreditations in by Wine & Spirits Education Trust of London, USBG Master Accreditation levels 1 & 2, B.A.R Smarts, Tequila Certified by C.R.T, Armando is the holder of a Cachaça Specialist Certification, which was given by World-Renowned Marcelo Câmara. Recently, Armando took Keep It Fresh to a broader audience and added author to his list of incredible accomplishments when he and fellow Master Mixologist and bar expert, Livio Lauro, co- wrote “The Twelve Cocktails”. This is a completely new, simple and expandable cocktail training system which teaches the 12 essential cocktails you need to know to please any palate and how these 12 cocktails can easily evolve into many more classics with simple and sensible variations of a few ingredients. Find out more at www.twelvecocktails.com.
Lisa Lewis, CSW, CS – Certified Specialist of Wine
WSET Level 2 Wine & Spirits Certified
Lisa’s wine career started in 2003 with ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, but her passion for wine started when she turned 21 and purchased her first bottle of red wine. One year later she moved to The Green Turtle Market where she worked as the wine department manager. While at The Green Turtle Market Lisa earned her Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) certificate from the Society of Wine Educators. In 2007 Lisa began sales for a distributor and joined Southern Wine and Spirits in 2008.
Since joining Southern Wine and Spirits Lisa has become a Certified Sommelier (CS) through The Court of Master Sommeliers, and WSET Level 2 Wine and Spirits Certified through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. She is currently a Business Development Manager with Southern Wine and Spirits covering four counties on the coast and four counties in Orlando. Lisa works with area managers, sales consultants, restaurant managers and owners and a range of private country clubs focusing on sales, beverage programs, wine dinners, and staff trainings.
In addition to her work with Southern Wine, Lisa also spent several years writing wine articles for the Brevard Dining Guide. She looks forward to sharing her passion for wine with you.
Wine & Spirits Experience
- Worked in the wine and spirit business in Brevard since 2003
- Conducted 100 + wine dinners, including country themes, AVA themes, seasonal themes
- Written 100 + wine lists for all ranges of accounts from small to high profile
- Society of Wine Educators, CSW Certified Specialist of Wine – Dec 2006
- Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers – Oct 2009
- WSET Level 2 Wine and Spirits Certified – October 2015