Founder The Perfect Spot Website
Food and Spirits Writer, Judge, Critic and Blogger
Virginia Miller is a food, wine and spirits critic, writer and judge. She became a spirits writer in 2007, judging in the world’s biggest spirits and cocktail awards, including San Francisco World Spirits, IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition) in England, The GGRA’s Saucy Awards, Tales of the Cocktail‘s international Spirited Awards, Good Food Awards. She has been blind judging spirits for a decade (and a lead judge 5 years for ADI’s annual Judging of American Craft Spirits.) She provides in person tastings and casual classes for the layperson on spirits, cocktails and food (class examples here), typically for companies, but often for home events, too. She has worked at the California Culinary Academy (CCA) with emerging chefs and hospitality managers and in HR management at companies like Genentech and the Bay Guardian. In 2007, she launched The Perfect Spot in response to constant requests from friends and strangers for where to go, what to eat and drink based off her extensive, daily, on-the-ground research.She consults with restaurants and bars on drink menus, making menu recommendations (outside brand or distributor loyalty with a well-rounded drink list in mind), sharing current regional, national and international trends, creating app and site content/verbiage, feedback on menus, themes and concepts, and training staff on how to best talk to customers.
(Adapted from her website.)