About Strong Wine Consulting

Carrie’s Biography

New Hampshire born, NYC fine dining restaurant veteran, Carrie began as a Bartender at the original TAO and has had a top Sommelier career having worked both as Wine Director and Manager at some of the best restaurants in the country alongside chefs including Jean-Georges Vongrichten, Jimmy Bradley, Amanda Freitag, Michael White, and Charlie Palmer.

Photo by Marc Weisburg
Aureole 4th Annual Oyster Social 2015

In 2013, Carrie became the Wine Director at Chef Charlie Palmer’s flagship restaurant, Aureole, where she managed a vast collection of award-winning wines with more than 2000 selections, a 15,000 bottle inventory. She was also in charge of creating, organizing and managing monthly wine dinners collaborating with both the Executive Chef, visiting chefs, winemakers and spirits brand ambassadors. Carrie upheld the restaurant’s Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for three years while continuing to enhance and evolve the Michelin-starred wine, liquor, beer and beverage programs.
As Wine Director at Casa Lever in 2017, Carrie also upheld the restaurant’s Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence each year until its temporary closing in 2020.

“Carrie is an incredible wine director and top-notch beverage guru.  She’s super generous with volunteering in the hospitality community and supporting related causes, especially for women in the industry.”  

Marissa Ain | Founder + CEO, Plate + Decanter

Burdigala at St. Bartholomew’s Church NYC

Wine Ambassador & Leader

Throughout her career, Carrie has had the utmost honor to volunteer her time as a Sommelier for great wine events across the United States including the Celebrations of Bordeaux and Burgundy, Burdigala and La Paulée respectively, the James Beard Foundation Awards Events, James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne, La Fête du Champagne, the 75th Anniversary of Château Haut Brion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wine Riot, Cochon 555, the Annual Charity Wheeling Forward event, Wine on Wheels, as well as Jacques Pepin Foundation Annual Benefit dinners.

Photo by Ken Goodman Photography

Carrie has also made an impact on the wine world as a panelist at the 5th Annual Women In Wine Symposium where she spoke about maintaining confidence throughout her successful career, providing advice to many women seeking advancement in the wine industry. 

Women in Wine Leadership Symposium 2016

The Journey of Strong Wine Consulting, LLC

Carrie created Strong Wine Consulting, LLC in 2015 as the Ambassador of Taittinger at the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne. She later began hosting educational classes and tastings to private clients such as Tiffany’s and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Carrie has been a consistent contributor to Leiti Hsu’s #RovingOmakase events in NYC helping to organize, manage and promote the sushi centered events, working with top chefs including Chris Jaeckle, Samuel Clonts, Derek Wilcox, Robby Cook, David Bouhadana, Oona Tempest, and Haley Adelman as well as amazing beverage professionals including Mixologist, Lucinda Sterling, and Champagne Brand Ambassador, Philippe Andre.

Photos by Dave Krugman

In 2020, Carrie became a founding member of the online wine project, @Sommation_Live, promoting food & wine, interviewing prominent wine industry superstars and giving cooking demonstrations all the while gardening and giving online wine tastings for clients such as Salesforce, Cisco and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She dedicated herself to the new business and was a Business Development Manager for the Sommation team until early 2023.

IG Live Chats on @Sommation_Live

During the pandemic, Carrie became the online Sommelier & Moderator for the live-interactive dining experience, Multicourse.

Led by seasoned chefs in the comfort of guests’ homes, this curated dining experience brought guests face to face with top chefs, Sommelier & Cicerone to learn about their inspiration behind a virtual dinner!

To kick off the Millésimes Alsace virtual trade show in 2021, Carrie led an Instagram Live interview with none other than President of the Alsace Grand Cru Association, Olivier Humbrecht MW, Owner and General Manager at Zind Humbrecht! She has continued to interview prominent Alsatian wine growers for the #LunchwithAlsace project such as Nicholas Haeffelin, Head Oenologist at Domaine Helfrich and Julien Schaal, Winemaker & Proprietor at Julien Schaal Wines!
Follow her Instagram account @carrielynstrong and @drinkalsace for the full interviews!

In the Summer of 2021, Carrie represented Wines of Argentina at the Consulate of Argentina in NYC, leading a prestigious group of wine professionals and influencers through two flights of Argentinian wines with a small break in between to learn how to tango!

Enabling events for the digital age!

In 2021 & 2022, Carrie was an Emcee & Sommelier for the virtual event company, purple cork, where she excited and entertained clients around the country hosting them to wine, beer, cocktail and whiskey tastings with the makers themselves, enabling hundreds of companies to create memorable & fun experiences for their clients, customers, and team members no matter where they were in the world.

Wine Education and Beyond!
Carrie joined the Sommelier Society of America as an instructor early in 2021 teaching virtual classes from her home. As the world opened up, she hopped on the train to NYC to teach classes such as Rhone Valley, Burgundy/Beaujolais and Iberian Peninsula. She still teaches in NYC today.

In September 2022, Carrie was tapped to host a South African wine tasting at the inaugural Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation (GVPF) Ambassador Event at the Union League Golf Course outside of Philadelphia where she hosted trailblazing winemaker, Ntsiki Biyela, whose Aslina wines were actioned to help raise money for the Foundation. GVPF was so pleased with Carrie’s tasting they asked her to host another tasting at their March 2023 Reunion Event in West Palm Beach.

Carrie continued to help raise money for the GVPF not only as their sommelier but also the event director. She organized and managed the October 2023 golf event, Life of Love, at Aronimink Golf Course featuring culinary creatives chef Rikku Ó’Donnchü and pastry chef Colleen Grapes as well as highlighting high end ingredients Urbani Truffles and Japanese Wagyu, sponsored by Pursuit Farms, and of course, South African wine from the Vineyard Brands portfolio. She added value to the foundation by including her private sommelier services as an auction lot.

In May 2024, Carrie planned and organized the golf event, Journey from Africa, at The Bears Club in Jupiter, FL. She brought back chef Rikku Ó’Donnchü from South Africa to facilitate the culinary experience sponsored by Palm Beach Creamed Honey, Calvisius Caviar, and Tartufo Prestige, with Japanese Wagyu sponsored by Palm Beach Meats. Carrie collaborated again with Vineyard Brands to feature amazing South African wines from Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Man Family Wines, and Boekenhoutskloof and will use these wines for another auctioned private sommelier event in July.