Certified Sommelier Cliff Rames currently serves as sommelier for the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza in New York City. In addition to his sommelier duties, Cliff serves as guest instructor at the NYC Wine Class, teaches private wine education classes, organizes private wine events, and provides social media and marketing consultation. Cliff is the founder of Wines of Croatia, a marketing initiative to raise awareness about and expand appreciation of the wines of Croatia. Also a free-lance writer, Cliff is a regular contributor to the Wines of Croatia blog (a 2013 Wine Blog Awards Finalist) and most recently contributed content about Croatian wines to theLonely Planet - Croatia travel guide. Cliff’s formal wine training includes the French Culinary Institute’s Fundamentals of Wine program, the Court of Master SommeliersCertified Sommelier program, and the WSET Advanced Certificate course. Cliff is also accredited by the Society of Wine Educators as a Certified Specialist of Wine. Cliff is currently working towards completion of the WSET Diploma accreditation.