C. Marina Marchese is the international best selling author of The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting and Pairing Honey with a Guide to More than 30 Varietals,Honey for Dummies and her personal journey into beekeeping Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper.
She is the first U.S. citizen to be accepted into the Italian National Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey and the founder of the American Honey Tasting Society, an educational organization that teaches the Italian method of sensory analysis to taste and evaluate honey.
A graduate of The School of Visual Arts in NYC,
Marina creates visual tasting notes and botanical art for honey.
Jason Wilson says in the The Washington Post —
“Which is to say Marchese’s palate is so finely tuned
that she can literally taste the beekeeper’s fear in a
smear of honey.”
“Marchese has given us a lovely gift. Honeybee is an entertaining and useful primer for the novice and honeybee devotee alike.” — Washington Times
• Honey is complex — from its diverse colors, to its aromas and flavors, honey is seducing the culinary world as the next coveted artisanal food.
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• Varietal Honey or single-origin honey is produced from primarily one type of flower — and each floral source contributes to a unique range of sensory characteristics depending upon its terroir. (That’s right!! There are many parallels between honey and wine!!)
• Applying the method of sensory analysis to honey is similar to how we evaluate wine, olive oil or coffee.
• The art of being a Honey tasting expert is as complex as being a wine or an olive oil expert.