How Vino Volo's airport wine bars create a unique oasis for travelers

Through curated wine flights, local flavor and enlightened server training, certified sommelier Larissa Dubose captures guests on the go for a bit of pampering.

Larissa Dubose is a certified sommelier and national director of beverages for Paradies Lagardère, overseeing the wine program at Vino Volo, the wine bars at airport locations all over North America. She’s tasked with creating an oasis for busy travelers who want to relax with a glass or flight of wine and perhaps a bite to eat before boarding their plane.

Larissa and chef Nutter

Chef Duane Nutter and Dubose coordinate wine and food pairings.   

At each location, Dubose has curated a diverse wine selection that appeals to every type of palate, often incorporating local bottles and working with the chef to pair complementary small plates and snacks. Her favorite current flight is called “Behind the Vines,” which highlights wines from BIPOC and/or women-owned producers. She has also introduced an alcohol-free wine list and a new loyalty program for frequent guests.

Training and server education are key to Vino Volo’s mission and Dubose is especially proud of the annual Vino Volo GM Summit she organizes. “It gives our general managers the opportunity to go to different wine regions every year for an immersive experience and does wonders for their wine knowledge,” she says.

Listen as Dubose shares the details behind the success of Vino Volo’s unique wine program.

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