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A Honey Sommelier

Marina Marchese with bee hives


Almost two decades ago, Marina Marchese fell in love with bees during a tour of a neighbor’s honeybee hives. She built her own beehive, ordered bees, and was soon harvesting honey.

She eventually quit her job in the arts, and even spent time in Italy training to become a ‘honey sensory expert’ – which is basically like being a honey sommelier. Today, her small business Red Bee Honey sells artisanal honey and honey-related products to shops and restaurants all over the country. She’s also author of “Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper” and “The Honey Connoisseur.”

Marina will be presenting two programs tomorrow, January 31, at J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge.  The free lectures will take place in the Visitor & Education Center Auditorium.  Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. The lectures will be broadcasted on Facebook Live at

To learn more about Marina’s interesting story, tune in and listen to an interview she did with NPR interview here!


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