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Cliff Rames

Cliff RamesCertified Sommelier Cliff Rames is the founder of Wines of Croatia, a U.S.-based wine marketing organization whose mission is to raise awareness and expand appreciation of the wines of Croatia. Cliff administers the Wines of Croatia Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as manages and contributes articles to the Wines of Croatia blog. He has been featured on Wine Library TV, Cork’d, Wine Enthusiast, Vinum IN magazine, BevSites.com, CroatianTimes.com, and Vinoteka on Smart TV.

Cliff also serves as Sommelier for the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, a position he has held since September 2008. Cliff manages the spa’s “French Paradox Wine Lounge” and advises guests about the spa’s daily selection of fine wines and artisanal cheeses. He has been spotlighted in Wine Enthusiast, Vanity Fair, nymag.com, traveltowellness.com, trendceteramag.com, theplaza.com/wellness, passportmagazine.com, and many others.

In addition to his sommelier duties, Cliff serves as guest teacher at the NYC Wine Class, teaches private wine education classes, conducts private wine events and wine-pairing dinners, and provides social media and marketing consultation.

Cliff’s formal wine training began with the completion of the French Culinary Institute’s Fundamentals of Wine course. In May 2007, he passed the rigorous Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier exam and the WSET Advanced Certificate course. In July 2008 he was accredited by the Society of Wine Educators as a Certified Specialist of Wine.

Cliff is currently working towards completion of the WSET Diploma accreditation.

Find Cliff on Twitter @winesofcroatia, on Facebook.com/winesofcroatia and online at www.winesofcroatia.wordpress.com.

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