Denise Mueller, CSW  Owner and Lead Educator

Denise Mueller, CSW
Owner and Lead Educator

Denise Mueller

Denise is a Saint Louis native that has worked in the hospitality industry over 15 years. She found her passion for wine almost a decade ago and has since received the following certificates: Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine, and BarSmarts WIRED. She is the owner and a founding member of Mid-American School of Wine and currently consults local wine bars and restaurants in Saint Louis. Her books "PreSomm Course Book" and "PreSomm Maps & Graphics" were published in the fall of 2018. They are available for purchase here, and are part of the PreSomm Wine Course package. She is also developing a series of wine posters to be sold on

Abigail Tippin  Associate Instructor

Abigail Tippin
Associate Instructor

Abigail Tippin

Abigail works for the City of St. Peters and recently earned her Bachelors in Communications from Missouri State University. Her interest in wine first began in early 2015 while working with Denise in a small wine bar where she was able to study in the Fall 2015 PreSomm course. From there, she passed her Introductory Sommelier Certification and was an Intern Instructor for the Fall 2017 PreSomm Course. Now she is a current Associate Instructor for PreSomm Wine Courses with hopes of studying more under the direction of Denise.  

Taylor Hamberg  Social Media & Marketing

Taylor Hamberg
Social Media & Marketing

Alex Horowitz  Intern Instructor

Alex Horowitz
Intern Instructor

Taylor hamberg

Taylor has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from Drake University. By day she is the Director of Marketing and Events at Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center.  She will be PreSomm's Social Media and Marketing Intern for Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 Courses helping build brand recognition, identity and voice through engaging Social Media posts and web-driven reach tactics.



Alex is an industry veteran that moonlights with his recently awarded doctorate in East Asian History. He was a member of the Fall 2017 PreSomm course and immediately took his Introductory Sommelier course and passed. He currently works for expanding brand Copia Wine Bar and was the Spring 2018 PreSomm intern. He is now an Associate Instructor for the PreSomm Wine Courses.

Cherie Moery-Metzka  PreSomm Map Designer

Cherie Moery-Metzka
PreSomm Map Designer


Cherie is a multi-faceted powerhouse in the Saint Louis hospitality scene, having been both an Executive Chef and a Beverage Director in the last ten years. She left the back of house to pursue a career in wine after passing her Certified Specialist of Wine exam and soon became a beloved sommelier. Through her studies Cherie created an array of digital maps to help pass her exams. Now, PreSomm owner Denise Mueller is taking the artwork to a new market: The PreSomm book set! Cherie has been an integral part of both Mid-American School of Wine and PreSomm, and we are thrilled to have partnered with her for this project.

Abby Schuneman  Sales and Marketing Intern

Abby Schuneman
Sales and Marketing Intern

Abby Schuneman

Abby is originally from Bloomington-Normal, Illinois and moved to the St. Louis area in 2017. Currently, she is a Junior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville studying Marketing and Public Relations. Abby is PreSomm’s Marketing and Sales intern for Spring and Summer 2019 Courses. Her goals as an intern are to boost social media engagement, continue to create thoughtful branding tactics, and build relationship-based sales connections in the Greater St. Louis area.