Owner: The Secret Cellar Wine Boutique in Shueyville
A native of Shueyville, Iowa, Lauren earned her BA from The University of Iowa and relocated to sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. She spent the next eight years working for the Hyatt Resort Food & Beverage Department, where she developed a great passion for hospitality, education, and wine. She earned her Masters in English Education from Arizona State in 2001, and continued her wine studies through reading, tasting, and many trips to wine country.
Upon her 2004 return to her hometown of Shueyville, Iowa, Lauren opened her dream business: The Secret Cellar Wine Boutique. In addition to operating her wine shop and hosting numerous fundraisers for local charities, Lauren also teaches wine and beverage education classes at Kirkwood College and for corporate groups. She has also been a martini judge for the Cedar Rapids "Martini Madness." She has successfully completed the Introductory Sommelier Course and Exam, and is currently studying for the Certified Sommelier Exam.
Lauren believes wine can be enjoyed in absolutely any environment and should be accessible to everyone. "Wine brings a whole new level of pleasure to any occasion."
Her latest project has been developing a "Golf and Wines Around the World" program for several golf leagues.
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