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.
~ Jason Wilson, The Washington Post
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Carla Marina's personal web site is honeysommelier.com.
Carla Marina Marchese is changing the way people think about honey, this designer turned beekeeper is best known as the visionary behind the beloved brand Red Bee Honey. During a former career as an international designer, Marina was invited to visit a neighbor’s apiary where her first taste of fresh honey would change the course of her life. She quit her job, built a beehive and wrangled some Italian honeybees to become a full – time beekeeper. It was on a visit to Tuscany that Marina stumbled upon a honey festival in Montalcino (The City of Honey), where she became obsessed with their endless varietals of honey. Compelled by the philosophy of terroir, Marina studied wine tasting in order to transfer those skills to honey tasting which lead her to curate a collection of single-origin honeys launching the Red Bee Brand. She returned to Italy to complete her formal education as a honey sensory expert becoming the first US citizen to be accepted as a member of the Italian National Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey. A graduate of The School of Visual Arts, Marina’s Red Bee honey has been recognized for its innovative packaging and label designs landing the cover of American Bee Journal then earning the Slow Food Snail of Approval.
Passionate about nature and environmental issues around honeybees and food policy, Marina's best-selling book Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper chronicles her entrepreneurial journey into beekeeping, opening her eyes to the essential pollination work of the honeybee and how Red Bee elevated honey to a gourmet-worthy food. Today, Red Bee Honey is a nationally recognized brand partnering with Murray’s Cheese Shop, Williams Sonoma, Blue Apron and Uncommon Goods. Her second book, The Honey Connoisseur Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey co-authored with Kim Flottum (editor of Bee Culture Magazine) is the definitive guide to honey. Marina wrote the chapter on honey for Beekeeping for Dummies for her mentor, Howland Blackiston and has appeared on numerous TV shows - Dr. Oz, The Chew, The Untitled Action Bronson Show, On the Road with Edible Nutmeg. Marina recently appeared with Emmy award winner Richard Weise in Weekends with Yankee on PBS. James Beard award winning author Rowan Jacobsen dubbed Marina the “Red Queen” owing to her obsession with varietal honey in his book, American Terroir.