Nicole Alvarez is a master of multitasking. While attending Georgia Gwinnett College full time, she also works full time as a server and sommelier at Atlanta’s acclaimed restaurant The Alden. On top of her studies in Political Science, she’s in the process of taking her Certified Sommelier Certification test. She’s considering law school once she completes her undergraduate degree, but may pursue her Advanced Sommelier Certification during a break from school. Both the LSAT and the Certification require a great deal of dedication and a whole lot of studying, but Alvarez can handle it.
Alvarez has followed in her parents’ footsteps, as they both worked in restaurants and hotels. The 24-year-old has been working in restaurants since high school. She loves the challenge of learning about wine and feels that dining is an intimate experience where people make memories with friends and family. As a sommelier, she aims to be an instrumental part of that experience. She loves witnessing special moments over meals and knows how a great wine can be an essential element. She wants to make wine selection more approachable and works with the team at The Alden in a collaborative style to find new wines that enhance the globally-inspired food at The Alden.
When not studying or working, Nicole enjoys the best of what Atlanta has to offer. Here’s a look at her day.