Lydia is a Certified Sommelier from the Sommelier Society of America, and currently a WSET Level 4 Diploma candidate. Originally from Panama, she has worked in various areas of the wine industry, including retail, marketing, PR and events. In 2017, she founded her private wine education, consulting, and tasting events company, Vino Concierge and as of January 2021, she is the PR Manager for Taub Family Companies: Palm Bay International & Taub Family Selections. In September 2020, Lydia co-launched an exciting passion project called Hispanics in Wine, a social space dedicated to showcasing Hispanic/Latinx roots in the beverage and hospitality industries. Her expertise is frequently featured in renowned national, and international wine trade and consumer-oriented publications; most recently, Lydia was included in the renowned 40 under 40 Tastemaker’s List by Wine Enthusiast, Wine Business Monthly’s Wine Industry Leaders, and Imbibe’s 75 People to Watch. A proud Afro-Latina living and working in the United States, she is passionate about inspiring and mentoring the next generation of BIPOC, Hispanic and Latinx interested in working in the wine industry.