Modern Women Making Waves: Amanda Bevilacqua
Joie de vivre - a wonderful expression, literally translated to ‘a delight in being alive’ - and it’s the feeling that drew me toward Amanda Bevilacqua when I met her at an intimate women’s retreat this past December. I was instantly taken with her lively spirit and effervescence, and fascinated to learn of her upcoming passion project: hosting a new kind of wine tasting event to bring her understanding to others. She draws upon her own education, talents and experience, and shares not just her in-depth knowledge but her joy of new discoveries. Amanda perfectly represents the champagne (bubbly!), the Cabernets (depth!), the Sauvignon Blancs (zest!) - and I can’t wait to learn more. Amanda Bevilacqua, CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine), CSS (Certified Specialist of Spirits)
What happens to a kid who grows up in the restaurant industry? She becomes a foodie and a cork dork, of course. Amanda’s food, wine and cocktail-ing passions come naturally: she has logged over six years in the wine industry, plus countless hours of floor time in a variety of restaurants – from casual to fine dining establishments. Amanda and her husband Derek relocated to San Francisco from Washington, D.C. in 2013, to pursue their passions for wine and advertising, respectively. She continues to build her reputation as a Certified Specialist of Wine, and a Certified Specialist of Spirits, both earned designations from the Society of Wine Educators. Most recently, Amanda’s enthusiasm for wine (and a de-mystification of the sometimes overly-serious industry) has translated into a new endeavor: making wine more approachable through educational and social events. By focusing on unique wine pairings – think Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies & a smooth Merlot – and other fun, creative concepts, Amanda aims to de-snootify wine for all levels of wine drinkers. “Because after all,” she says, “It’s just wine—Drink it!”
Good advice is a gift — what is the best advice you’ve been given?
Speak to yourself as positively & kindly as you speak to your best friend. I’m still working on this one!
What is on the top of your bucket list?
European wine and beer adventure with my husband. We can’t decide on which countries we want to visit! He’s a home brewer and we both love beer and wine – it’s a tough choice.
Who would you invite to your ideal Girl’s Night?
Can I choose more than one?! Beyoncé, Kate Middleton, Oprah, and my mom. There are so many reasons why I admire all of these women, but I also know it would be QUITE the party!
What is your go-to piece of clothing?
A super comfy long sweater that pairs well with leggings or jeans and boots. I am ALWAYS freezing and love to be bundled up while looking put together. The San Francisco weather is perfect for my style!
What do you sing when you are alone in your car?
Old school 90s hip hop. I’m a closet rap enthusiast – I rapped Juicy by Notorious B.I.G. at my wedding with my best friend from high school.
What was the best compliment you have received?
I’ve been told that I am a very thoughtful person. I appreciate that because I truly love taking care of and thinking about others.
How has your life been different than you imagined?
I never, ever thought I’d be a runner. But with the amount of travel I do, it’s the only exercise that can be super flexible! I also never thought I’d be traveling domestically – my major was International Marketing, and I studied abroad in Spain. I’ll just have to do my international traveling for vacation instead!
What is your most-used word? (And what word do you wish everyone would stop using?)
I’m a restaurant kid, so I have a restaurant potty mouth. My most-used word is not PG! I wish everyone would stop using ‘lit’. I just don’t get it.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Channing Tatum – he dances, he’s gorgeous, and seems like an amazing husband and dad. Also, he dressed up as (and KILLED his impression of) Beyoncé, which is an admirable feat all on its own.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Celebrity gossip & news – People.com is ALWAYS in my browser history, and I talk about famous people like they’re my best friends.
What is your favorite museum?
The Natural History museum in DC. I’ve gone there at least 20 times and always see something new! The butterfly exhibit is hands down my favorite.
What is the first thing you notice when you meet someone?
If they look me in the eye – that’s huge for me. I can sense immediately if they are genuine. I also really appreciate a solid handshake!
“Wine, like life, is meant to be enjoyed." Richard Branson