Lyn Farmer is Engaging the Senses
Lyn Farmer is a James Beard Award-winning wine and food writer, WSET wine educator, broadcaster and arts educator. He is the author of the Engaging the Senses blog on this site, as well as director of VeritageMiami, one of Florida’s most successful charity wine events.
Lyn also teaches WSET Certification courses for Fine Vintage, Ltd, North America's leading presenter of courses for the London-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust. In addition to teaching the certification courses for WSET Level One and WSET Level Two in five cities (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami and New York), Lyn also leads other courses for Fine Vintage, including the Sensory Master Class, French Wine Professional and the new American Wine Professional. Courses are held throughout the year in all five cities.
Lyn has also served as the arts ambassador of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, developing signature experiences that combine visual and performing arts with food and wine. In addition to his behind the scenes work, Lyn leads pre-concert talks for the public before classical, jazz and Broadway programs. He also conducts a series of seminars on the hidden synergies of wine and the arts and how to engage all your senses to better experience art in every form, including daily life. Lyn is a popular public speaker on how to use an appreciation of wine, food and art to better understand and enjoy the endeavors and experiences of daily life.
Lyn is a popular writer on food and wine, and is a regular contributor to the Miami Herald's Indulge Magazine as well as writing articles for national publications including Tasting Panel, Somm Journal and The Clever Root.
Formerly director of entertainment at Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and wine and spirits ambassador for Silversea Cruises, Lyn has consulted for the hospitality industry, museums, and performing arts organizations. In the process, he has led dozens of tours to the world's major wine regions and given hundreds of presentations, not only on food and wine but also on the visual and performing arts, international communication and cultural exchange.
For a decade Lyn was restaurant critic of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper and is the author of the Louis Vuitton City Guide Miami. He has been a judge at numerous international wine competitions, including the Argentine Wine Awards and Catad’Or Santiago de Chile, and conducts seminars for the Italian Trade Commission, VinItaly, numerous Italian regional consorzios and the French trade organization Sopexa among other groups.
Lyn is certified by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), the Society of Wine Educators and the Sake Education Council in Tokyo, as well as the governing bodies of the Champagne Region (CIVC) and the Portuguese wine industry (IVDP). A widely recognized authority on the wines of Champagne, Lyn was elected Chevalier and then Officer of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, an association of the great houses of Champagne. In 2018 he was elected a Caballero of the Association of Port Wine Producers.
An avid traveler and photographer, Lyn began his professional career in the United States Foreign Service with the U.S. Information Agency specializing in cultural affairs, finally serving as director of cultural programming for Voice of America. He has worked with National Public Radio (where he was host of the Peabody Award-winning program Music from Washington), and created many audio guides and tours for prominent American museums including the National Gallery of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught courses in music and art history at the University of Miami and Florida International University and was the program annotator of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony of the Americas. For a dozen years Lyn was program director and morning host of South Florida classical music and jazz radio station WTMI-FM.