Wine is wonderful! Join us at Green Monkey to taste and discover a variety of organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines.
The range of eco-friendly wines on the market is vast, and the differences in labeling and certification standards are often quite confusing. Learn the difference between wines that are certified organic, wines that are produced using sustainable farming or bio dynamic methods, and those that are simply mislabeled. We are here to help people find balance in their daily lives, so why not learn how to enjoy great wines while also doing the best you can for your health and the planet.
The evening will be hosted and led by Richard Hales who enter the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan in 1996. Hales spent five years cooking in NYC restaurants under great chefs including Jean-Georges Vongerichten and restaurateur Drew Nieporent.
During his time in NYC Hales traveled to France, Italy, Germany and Spain learning classic cooking techniques and discovering wine. After leaving New York City in 2000 he spent time in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong learning Asian cuisine before returning to Miami. While in Miami he cooked briefly for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel before becoming the Sommelier for Azul restaurant in 2001.
Hales has played a significant role in developing the award-winning wine list at Azul, which has received national recognition, including being named to Wine & Spirits Most Popular Restaurant list for 2003 and Wine Spectators Worlds Best Program with an Award of Excellence for 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2006 Hales was asked to take over the flagship wine program at Mandarin Oriental, New York as Wine Director. Hales wine program in New York has received Wine Spectators Worlds Best Program Best of Award of Excellence in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Hales is on the board of the Florida International Wine Challenge and is an instructor for the Wine Program at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Hales is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and is certified as a sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is continuing his education to achieve master sommelier.
Enjoy wine while doing the best you can for your health and the planet, while meeting balanced people.