Marika Vida-Arnold

Wine Educator

The Yale Club | NY
New York, NY

Over the past two decades, Marika Vida-Arnold has served as the Wine Director of the Ritz-Carlton Central Park, New York, Sommelier of the top-rated Laurent Tourondel Bistro, BLT Market and Sommelier for the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton with ‘Top Chef’ winner Kevin Sbraga. She developed the opening wine program at 10Arts with Chef Eric Ripert and Chef Jennifer Carroll. Her Project of 10 Years, the critically acclaimed Phenomenal Femmes Program, focuses on female winemakers and winery owners from around the globe. Marika has been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes, Haute Living, Gotham, The Somm Journal, The Tasting Panel, The Wine Enthusiast, Seven-Fifty Daily,, Pix Wines and Thinking Outside The Bottle. She holds titles of Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and the American Sommelier Association. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and holds the Advanced Certificate for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Marika has been a Wine Educator for the famed Argentine Winery Catena Zapata and she is a member of the Full Circle Sommelier Network, working with Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein. 


She is a presenter for Wine Australia and the Australian Women in Wine Awards. Under the auspices of her own company Vida et Fils Marika works with corporate clients, presenting for special events. Clients include Glaxo-Smith-Kline, NYSE, Prologis, IMG, R.R. Donnelley, Acuris among many notable others. She is currently a Wine Educator for the International Law Firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCoy. Marika is the Sommelier, Wine Educator and Presenter for all Yale Club Wine Events in NYC. She has served on Eric Asimov’s Tasting Panel for the New York Times and been featured on for romantic wine picks. She is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier NY Chapter and has served as a panelist for many of their events. 


Marika’s enthusiasm for wine, unique ability to convey knowledge to consumers and background in broadcasting have her presenting at the Nantucket, Newport, Charleston, Santa Fe, Boston, Aspen and Destin Food and Wine Festivals. She has worked with many wine agencies doing wine education for Wines of Rioja, Rias Baixas, Wines of Alsace and has worked with the following importers as consulting Brand Ambassador: Vineyard Brands, Kobrand and Jackson Family Wines. Additionally in our challenged years of 2020/21, Marika created a very successful LIVE series on Instagram with her trademarked name TheMomSomm as well as moderating virtual events with Geodesy, Marques de Caceres, Domaine des Lambrey, Pommery and Taittinger.