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"Which is to say Marchese's palate is so finely tuned that she can literally
taste the beekeeper's fear in a smear of honey."
 ~ Jason Wilson, The Washington Post

I am an author and instructor for the Italian National Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey, where I received my formal training as a honey sensory expert.


After completing my training in Bologna, Italy in 2015, returned to the US to established The American Honey Tasting Society as the leading resource for honey sensory education in the United States. As an avid world traveler, I have the unique opportunity to taste hundreds of new and old world honeys which I maintain in my private library. 

I have written three books: The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting and Pairing Honey with a Guide to More than 30 Varietals (with Kim Flottum), Honey for Dummies (with Howland Blackiston) and my personal journey into beekeeping Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper. My latest project is designing the first Honey Tasting Journal.

Drop me a message if you're looking for a speaker or honey sensory education. I offer these workshops online or travel to your venue. I am a proud graduate of The School of Visual Arts and combine my passion for honey with designing honey infographics and illustrating tasting notes series.  


The term 'Honey Sommelier' is a chapter in my first book Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper published in 2009. I am also the founder of the national brand Red Bee Honey.

Honey for Dummies
Honey Tasting Journal
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They say that honey last forever but in fact it does not improve with age like a fine wine, its color will grow darker and its flavors will fade.

Honey is best consumed young, in season and straight off the comb if you are fortunate to taste this venerable delicacy.

~ C. Marina Marchese