Shana Reade, DipWSET, Instructor
Shana has been the corporate trainer at Empire Merchants since 2008, and she teaches the WSET programs in that capacity. Before her tenure at Empire, she worked off-premise as the purchasing agent for Morrell and Company Fine Wine and Spirits, and on-premise as a sommelier for the Jean-Georges restaurant group.
Shana came into wine after a short time pursuing a musical theater career, which actually led to her supporting herself by working in restaurants. She eventually realized that wine embodies as much drama and passion as any Shakespeare play, and attained her Diploma in Wines and Spirits at International Wine Center in 2009. She is currently pursuing Master of Wine studies.