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WineVine~10/22/19~The Insider's Guide to New York Wines: An Interview with Abe Zarate, Beverage Director, Corkbuzz Chelsea Market~WineVine Virtual Tasting Series: Chardonnay~NY Class at Corkbuzz

Julie Hosbach

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Biography of Abe Zarate, Beverage Director, Corkbuzz Chelsea Market

Texas-native Berklee College of Music alumni, Abe Zarate moved to New York to pursue a career in music management. He held server positions on the side at Morandi and Momofuku - but it was at Corkbuzz where he discovered his passion for wine.

After taking a class at Corkbuzz, Abe took it upon himself to delve into wine education. It wasn’t long before he committed full-time attending tastings, helping with cellar work, and leading classes himself. Today, he runs the beverage program at the Chelsea Market location under the mentorship of Master Sommelier Laura Maniec.

Abe continues to work towards earning his Advanced Sommelier certification. He hopes to carry on with the philosophy of making wine approachable through education and someday pay it forward as a mentor.