The Vinum Collective is designed as an all-things-wine lifestyle platform to help wine become accessible and engaging for everyone. It’s a community built on the idea that wine – fermented grape juice – should be something every person can feel educated on and empowered to have confidently integrated into their everyday life.

Members of TVC don’t need to be an expert to learn what they like while exploring new wine frontiers without feeling judged or intimidated.

 Through the use of approachable language, alluring imagery, an inclusive philosophy and curated experiences, The Vinum Collective is a stand alone format for learning about wine. Through lifestyle events and product services as well as coming textbook literature and e-learning modules, The Vinum Collective will unlock the mysteries of wine one glass at a time.  



Born and raised in Kentucky, Vanessa first caught the wine bug working in a small winery down south. She followed her passion for wine and moved to New York City in 2007, starting as a sommelier at Balon Wine Bar on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. From there she moved on to wine education with the American Sommelier Association, handling PR and events and wine-focused client services with Colangelo & Partners, consulting for private wine collectors and wine lists in NYC restaurants, and as a distributor with Empire Merchants, working with some of the most renowned restaurants of this great city. Through this years-long diverse education of the wine world, Vanessa decided to dedicate herself to being both a student and teacher of wine.

Today she works as a contributing wine writer to New York Magazine, an educator with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust®, a guest lecturer at Columbia University, and is developing a boutique restaurant and hotel project in The Hamptons.



Michelle is a commercial portrait and lifestyle photographer based in New York City and Los Angeles. She has worked with a wide variety of brands such as Girl Scouts, Soundcloud, The Wing, Wine Spectator, Barkbox, AMC Networks, and is also the creator of the patented mobile photo and video App, PABLO. She previously did photo editing and retouching with the New York Times and Yahoo Inc, which helped develop her signature style of bright light and warmth.

You can find Michelle on the hiking trails in southern California with her adopted dog or sitting in the sunshine with a slightly chilled glass of Pinot Noir. With a knack for befriending almost anyone she meets, Michelle brings her own warmth to every projects and evokes a sense of positivity that brings out the true essence of the places and people she captures.

She is available to travel globally, especially to anywhere with warm weather and good wine.



Nick Jackson is a Master of Wine and independent fine wine advisor living in New York.  After graduating from the University of Cambridge with a Ph.D. in Theology, he spent seven years at Sotheby’s as a wine specialist, culminating in five years as the buyer for the New York retail business.  In 2018, Nick left Sotheby’s to set up his own advisory business, Vintage Variation LLC, which advises private clients, retailers and other wine businesses on all aspects of fine wine. In 2019 his final research paper was approved, and he became one of 383 Masters of Wine worldwide.



When high school ended and Vanessa packed up to move to NYC, Colin headed to Chicago to attend Film School at the Art Institute of Chicago. As a writer, director, and producer Colin has created long and short content for film, television, and advertising. Formerly at The Mill, one of the largest production and post houses in the world. He was a producer for Budweiser’s Puppy Love Super Bowl ad, still one of the most beloved spots of all time. His current advertising clients include Uber, Chanel and PBR. His film work includes a slew of independent films that have appeared at over a hundred film festivals. 

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