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About

Clarisse Fourmeaux Kostrzewski

“Clarisse makes learning about the wine as much fun as drinking it!”

—Lucien Chan, longtime client and friend

 

For over a decade, The Right Blend’s founder and CEO Clarisse F. Kostrzewski has been sharing her knowledge, experience, and passion about wine. She takes great satisfaction in seeing people experience that first spark, that instant when they discover a deeper connection with wine. “I love everything about what we do,” she says, “and my favorite part is seeing the moment when someone really ‘gets’ wine.”

Clarisse comes to her expertise naturally, having spent her whole life, as she says, “breathing wine.” Generations of Clarisse’s family have thrived in the industry as owners of wineries and vineyards in Bordeaux, France, and Napa Valley and Paso Robles, California. She learned the basics at a young age, then built a career encompassing advertising, sales and marketing, importing, general management, and the launching and re-branding of several wineries.

 

Throughout her career, she has taken every opportunity to build relationships with winemakers around the world and expand her depth of knowledge of their wines. In addition to her extensive knowledge of California and France’s offerings, she is well-versed in wines from United States, Argentina, Australia, Italy, Spain, Chile, Canada, Germany, and New Zealand. She also keeps her fingers on the pulse of the industry, taking note of the emerging markets in Virginia, Washington state, and South Africa, and tracking the best of their offerings.

It is this depth and breadth of knowledge—along with her “boundless energy”—that make The Right Blend’s events and services unique and in-demand. Clients appreciate her attention to detail, her passion for people and wine, and her competence in producing highly engaging events and presentations for corporate and social gatherings of all sizes and personalities.

Clarisse has established herself as a credible expert, yet her presentations are anything but stuffy. Attendees describe her as “fun,” “friendly,” and “unpretentious.” She is not reciting information picked up from some guidebook, she is educating people “from the heart,” she says, and her dynamic personality has won fans and enthusiastic followers at Google, Zagat, Accenture, Stanford Wine Club, Yale Club, Commonwealth Club, amongst others.

In addition to her role as The Right Blend’s leading expert, she is frequently called upon to judge wine competitions, including the prestigious NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers and speak about wine and woman entrepreneurship.

Join Clarisse and The Right Blend in discovering the pleasures of wine! For more information on how The Right Blend can bring wine education experiences to you or your organization, please contact us today. We look forward to raising a glass with you!