Suhayl Ramirez learned the language of flavor and palate development during eight years of working for Taza Chocolate in Somerville, Massachusetts, but she traces her love for wine back to a much earlier time in her life. Visiting her family in the Dominican Republic, her first taste of wine was snuck from backyard parties during summers with her grandparents. Caballo Blanco was a sweet red wine that was always served over ice to combat the sweltering heat. Her tastes have evolved from that first syrupy sip, but that swirl of magic and joy shared amongst friends and family stayed with her and inspired her to continue seeking knowledge around all aspects of wine. Today, Suhayl is a partner within TFLUXÈ, an organization focused on creating equity and space for Black consumers and industry professionals. Her natural curiosity for food culture and knowledge, enthusiasm for wine, extensive experience in consumer retail and marketing, and skills in creating cross-industry connections make her the ideal candidate for this program.