Let’s Toast with the Wharton Club & Total Wine

Date and Time
Thursday, December 17, 2020
7:00pm— 8:30pm
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Washington, DC
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Our Wharton family of the National Capital Region has come together to support each other during tough times this year. Now it’s time to celebrate our community.

Join us for our closing event of the year with Wharton alumni business Total Wine guiding us through wine and cheese pairings.

Bring one, all, or none of the drinks with you to the event—just your favorite beverage and holiday cheer. Kick back, relax, and take a moment to connect and give back with us!

Guided by an expert sommelier from Total Wine, we will taste three wines and local cheese pairings.

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The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Attendees will have an opportunity to network after the tasting.

Giving Opportunity - For every registration, the Club will donate $5 to DC Central Kitchen. We welcome additional donations through our registration site.

Maura Fox, WG’95 & Wharton Club of the National Capital Region (WCNCR)

Total Wine

WCNCR is thrilled to have Total Wine sponsor our event, co-founded by Rep. David Trone, WG’85. David helped us launch our club with an April 4, 2019 Kick Off, and we are grateful for his continued support. Total Wine has 200+ stores in 20+ states, 7,000+ employees of which greater than 800 are wine specialists. In greater DC, Total Wine has 10+ stores, with each offering thousands of wines, beers, and spirits. Adam Strum, Chairman of Wine Enthusiast, said of Total Wine, "They're very focused on educating the consumer...they really invest a lot of time in their employees, their training. That's one of the reasons they have been so fabulously successful." In addition to major business success, Total Wine is a generous corporate philanthropic supporter. Wine Spectator editor Marvin Shanken said, "The level of time, energy and financial resources that David and Robert Trone have devoted to community service is truly remarkable.”


Date: Thursday, December 17
Time: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM EDT
Location: Virtual 
Members: Free – RSVP required
Non-Members: $5.00



Paul Yohai, Client Manager, Concierge Sales, Total Wine
Paul joined Total Wine as a Wine Manager in our Virginia stores, bringing with him years of experience as a wine buyer in many of Washington DC’s finest shops. In addition to knowledge gained through numerous wine and fine dining trips to the wine regions of Europe and the US, Paul is Certified as a Sommelier by the Sommelier Society of America. He has attained the Higher Certificate, with Distinction, from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and served as a Judge for the Virginia Wineries Association Governors Cup. Paul was the founding member of the Total Wine Professional Team (TWP), an elite group of our most knowledgeable Wine Team Members who specialize in providing world class service to our most wine savvy consumers. Paul is thrilled to share his knowledge and passion for fine wine with his clients in our stores across the country. He specializes in helping clients develop and diversify their wine collection. When not enjoying fine wine and working in clients wine cellars, Paul can be found mountain biking on a scenic lakeside trail.

Maura Fox, Growth Strategist, WG’95
Maura is a Wharton Grad ’95 and Founding Advisory Board Member of our great new club, WCNCR. Maura is a growth strategist in advanced technology, expert in innovation and market disruption leveraging Artificial Intelligence, 5G Wireless Communications, and IoT. Before Wharton, Maura did her BSEE at University of Maryland, where she is still involved as a Strategic Advisor to enhance outreach to corporate partners. Maura began her career at NASA Goddard Center of Excellence for Engineering Design, earned her Black Belt with GE and the Toyota kieretsu, was recruited to Booz Allen Hamilton to build a Transformation practice for Aerospace & Manufacturing, then joined a client as Chief Officer-Transformation and Learning. Maura has run projects in 65 countries and tries to visit wine regions whenever traveling. Maura fell in love with wine when her older brother started a direct importing firm to identify small family European wineries who didn’t have the means to distribute in USA.

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