Wine and Food Expert Adam Steely Launches Online Video Series for New Wine Lovers

Adam Steely's new video series on wine with a “healthy irreverence for high-brow cork sniffers” aims to educate and entertain new wine lovers.
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Oct. 24, 2012 - PRLog -- WILLIAMSBURG, VA—Adam Steely says his glass is always half-full. He’s a successful restaurateur, cupcakery owner, and an expert on wine and food with numerous national and regional awards to show for it. He uses those skills to help other restaurateurs establish wine and beverage programs, or revamp existing programs for better profitability. Now he’s sharing that knowledge with new wine lovers in a new online video series called Adam Steely’s Glass is Half-Full (

The videos are humorous, cheeky, and chocked full of wine education for the beginner-to-novice wine drinker. Each episode features a different wine.

“There is nothing stuffy or buttoned-up about these videos,” says Steely, who wrote and directed them with what he calls a “healthy irreverence for high-brow cork sniffers.” The videos feature Steely wandering around the cellars and winemaking spaces of a working winery and talking off-the-cuff about grapes, regions, wines, and food pairing.

“I had the idea on a return trip from consulting on a wine and beverage program for a restaurant out West. I was on the plane next to a woman who seemed fascinated that I knew something about wine, and proceeded to ask me one million questions. By the time the plane landed I’d scripted the videos, called up my friend Matthew Meyer, the brilliant winemaker at Williamsburg Winery to ask if I could drop by and shoot some videos, and now they are online for anyone who enjoys wine.”

When renowned people like Dennis Cakebread, co-owner of Cakebread Cellars, and former president of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, and Spencer Graham, director of winemaking and vineyard operations for Elizabeth Spencer Wines are friends who say things like, “Adam is a great source for what’s going on in the world of wine and restaurants,” and call him “the real deal” when it comes to understanding wine, you’re a major player in the U.S wine market. But, Steely, who lives with his wife and daughter in Williamsburg, Va., shrugs off the recognition. “I’m just a guy who lives for wine and food. I love helping others discover the same passion. It’s why I love running restaurants; consult on wine programs, and why my wife and I run a cupcakery. We’re not making a fortune, but my goodness we are enjoying life. We definitely see the glass as half-full—usually with good wine,” adds Steely.

The video series can be viewed on Steely’s website,, and his YouTube channel. “My hope is this series of videos helps the average wine drinker understand what they are drinking, why the wine is what it is—or isn’t—and perhaps nudge them toward something they’ll like and enjoy. Wine is an art, and art should be enjoyed by everyone.”

Steely says his plans are to expand the series to include food, restaurants, and travel.


For more information or to arrange an interview on this subject contact Dale McGlothlin, (202) 341-8615.


Wine expert and enthusiast, successful restaurateur, foodie, and eternal optimist. Adam has been actively involved with award-winning wine programs since the early 1980’s when he opened his own wine retail shop at age 22, then spent ten years directing wine programs for luxury resorts. He holds numerous local and national awards for wine list selection. He also helped a property earn AAA’s Five Diamond rating continuously for a decade. Adam won and award from the National Restaurant Association for creating the best private club wine list in the United States. Some of his recent consulting clients include: Tristan in Charleston, SC, Sugar Toad in Naperville, IL, The Trellis in Williamsburg, VA, and BlowToad in Richmond, VA. He is a co-owner of Blue Talon Bistro, and owner with wife Dyana of Extraordinary Cupcakes, both in Williamsburg, VA.

Adam Steely will judge Woodford Reserve’s 2012 Manhattan Experience, Mid-Atlantic region, Nov. 11, Annapolis, MD in which professional bartenders from across the nation showcase their Manhattan mixology skills and compete for the Woodford Reserve Master of the Manhattan title in New York City.
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