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A Passion for Wine – Justen Lenig
(July 2016) Justen Lenig graduated from Dickinson College and moved to New York with dreams of Law School and the reality of restaurants. It was this reality that stoked a fascination and love of wine that has grown through his illustrious career.
Now a sales representative for Vinifera Imports, a specialist Italian fine wine Importer, Lenig quickly rose up the ranks of the restaurant industry working for such icons as Todd English, Graham Elliot and Jean Georges. His fascination with wine led him to a more structured education at International Wine Center, culminating in achieving his WSET Diploma in 2016. “It was not easy, but 100% worth it” Lenig says of his experience. “Don’t be shy, study and taste with anybody and everybody you can!”
Lenig aspires to apply to Institute of Masters of Wine, and when not studying and tasting, can be found gardening and hiking at home in Connecticut.