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From Architect To Winepreneur: The Inside Story Of STLWineGirl Angie Ortmann’s Unconventional Wine Empire

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Today’s guest, Angie Ortmann, is living proof of following a passion. After moving to San Francisco to work in architecture, she decided to completely switch gears and study to become a sommelier. And not “just” a sommelier that works in one restaurant. Since then, Angie (who has since moved back to St. Louis) has created a wine empire ranging from in-home tastings to special classes to being a founding contributor of a magazine based on food and wine.

In this interview, Angie is 100% candid, open and honest about how her empire came to be – including mistakes, lessons, tipping points and much more. Enjoy!

About Today’s Guest, Angie Ortmann:

Angie OrtmannSTLwinegirl Angela Ortmann gained a passion for all things epicurean through her years of experience in luxury restaurants and hotels. A St. Louis native, Angela spent four years in San Francisco perfecting and expanding her food and wine knowledge. She has worked in some of the top restaurants in the country and has trained at wineries, creameries and organic farms. Her employment has included Mobil five star, Michelin rated, AAA five diamond and Relais & Chateaux properties. She has received many industry certifications, most importantly becoming a Sommelier. STLwinegirl is a connoisseur of food, wine, beer, spirits, cigars and cheese.

One of Angela’s true loves lies in the pairing of food and wine. This enthusiasm led to a blog in 2008 which inspired the launch of her own event and consultation business in 2009. STLwinegirl focuses on the enjoyment of the dining experience, whether it be at a five-star restaurant or in the comfort of your own home. By removing the element of intimidation, STLwinegirl is committed to making the world of food and wine approachable while her dedication to using products that are available locally makes it more accessible. Angela hosts public classes and events around the St. Louis area as well as private events such as her highly sought-after In Home Tasting and many corporate functions . No matter the event, it is guaranteed to be a fun, educational experience.

It is Angela’s approachable demeanor that truly makes her events unique! Accessible to both the seasoned wine drinker as well as the novice, STLwinegirl is dedicated to make food and wine less intimidating and help spark a adventurous side of her guests to continue to seek out new foods, wines, cuisines and, most importantly, experiences!

Angela is also a freelance food and beverage writer. She a regular columnist for the publication FEAST Magazine. Her monthly print column “On the Shelf” showcases three new wine buys complete with tasting notes and food pairing suggestions. Through her weekly online-exclusive column “Quite the Pair” Angela dines around town, tasting dishes and offering pairing recommendations from the restaurant’s own wine, beer and cocktail list. Look for a new “Quite the Pair” every Wednesday…Wine Wednesday of course! She also co-hosts the monthly public wine tastings for the magazine with Feast publisher Catherine Neville. Please visit for more information and to read her columns.

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