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The Westchester Wine School is led by its founder and Director, Ned Towle. In addition to Ned, many students/friends/wine lovers contribute to the classes of the Westchester Wine School through talking about their wine experiences and knowledge, helping out, or sharing a special wine.
Ned is certified as a Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, as a Wine Educator by the Society of Wine Educators and as a Wine Judge by the American Wine Society. He has worked in the Manhattan wine retail business and in wineries in France. Credentials aside, Ned believes that his love of wine, teaching, and being with others are among his most important qualifications.
Ned’s first exposure to wine came at the age of 19 when he picked grapes in southern France for a wine grower whose only means of transporting grapes…and grape pickers…was a wooden cart drawn by a donkey. More recently, he worked in many aspects of wine growing and wine making at Chateau de Mayragues in southwestern France. Ned has led wine tastings in Paris and Versailles, where the presence of his daughter and grandson, and his love of wine and French, all come together. Ned is assisted by his wife, Linda, whose enthusiasm for people and wine creates the right balance for presentations on the richness and harmony of wine. In addition to handling various Wine School responsibilities, Linda has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan and Hastings on Hudson.
Ned gets to meet many of the world’s wine leaders; above with Robert Parker and George Duboeuf.
In his former career, Ned held various positions at the MTA New York City Transit Authority, including Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Planning, and Assistant General Manager of Bus Operations. A degree in divinity from Union Theological Seminary in 2003 nurtured his natural calling to the world of wine.
|Check out these short videos:|
|See||Ned become a French Chevalier
Ned interviewed by Westfair Media's Caryn McBride
|Read||a 2009 profile in Westchester Magazine|
|Read||the 2014 profile in the Wall Street Journal|