Skating Sommelier

Think speed skating and fine wine have nothing in common? They do in the life of sommelier Erin Gleason. Prior to her career in the wine industry, Erin was an athlete on the 1998 U.S. Olympic Short Track Speedskating Team, a two-time bronze medalist in the 1996 World Short Track Speedskating Championships, a three-time American record holder, and was even inducted into New Jersey’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Photo Credit: Jerry Search


Now that she’s off the ice, you can find Erin in our wine cellar Hostile Grape. There’s always something new to try with our selection of over 160 wines available to be sampled by the glass. Gleason helps each guest navigate our vast wine selection with knowledge, passion and enthusiasm.  She enhances the overall experience by suggesting and providing individually tailored wine pairings to accompany any meal or palate.

A wine vineyard Gleason visited in Aquileia, Italy.

In addition to managing the Hostile Grape, Gleason oversees the entire resort’s wine storage, procurement, and wine cellar rotation. Her current personal favorite is Le Plus de la Fleur de Boüard 2005, a 100% Merlot wine from Bordeaux’s right bank, atop the coveted plateau of Pomerol and close to Saint-Emilion. Le Plus reveals itself in an Indian ink hue infused with purple tinges and rich nose of blackberry liqueur, port, baking spice, and milk chocolate fudge. The palate delivers an immense layer of seductive concentration across flavors of blackberry jam, vanilla, and hints of vintage port across an assertive finish. Le Plus delivers an exceptional wine that you are certain to enjoy!

Gleason at the Taj Mahal.

With over a decade of professional experience, Erin developed her business experience and wine stewardship internationally. She has traveled all around the world racking up more than one million miles in air travel and upwards of 600 nights in luxury four and five star hotels – Through these experiences, she understands first-hand the importance of delivering exceptional service and experiences to our guests.  Gleason is also fluent in Italian, having studied Italian Constitutional Law and International Marketing at the Università degli Studi di Genova in Genoa, Italy.

Camogli, Italy Venice, Italy

Gleason is a professional member of the Guild of Sommeliers, the International Sommelier Guild. She has also captured many of her experiences in her wine blog Swinging by the Vines. Stop in and visit Erin at Hostile Grape during your next time at M!  She’ll recommend the perfect wine for your evening!