Amy Dixon is a 38-year old legally blind wine professional, otherwise known as a Sommelier. Amy began working in the wine industry while attending the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, and was diagnosed with a rare eye condition at the age of 22. She lost a good portion of her peripheral vision around the time of her diagnosis, then went into remission for several years, allowing her to fully explore her dual careers in both the wine and horse-training industries.
She has been a featured speaker on many news and television programs with her wine expertise, and she writes here about the challenges she has faced while learning to adapt to and accept her new life as a blind woman in suburban Connecticut. After another significant bout of vision loss, Amy sought help in the form of an adorable Yellow Labrador named Elvis, from Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a guide-dog training school located in Westchester, NY.
More recently, Amy began her pursuit of the Paralympics as a visually impaired triathlete, who trains with a veteran’s group called Team RWB in Greenwich CT and with the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation in San Diego. She has become sponsored by several national companies, and hopes to win her first National Championship this year in Texas with her female guide and friend Caroline Gaynor. She is a featured motivational speaker for many corporations, medical conferences, schools and charities.
Adding the aid of her trusted guide to her repertoire has allowed Amy to pursue her dreams of wine business management and ownership, all while serving on several charities, boards, and tasting panels. Amy’s inspiring story of triumph in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles is one of laughter, perseverance, and learning to embrace all that life throws her way, turning “grapes into wine”.