We had the good fortune of connecting with Londa Mabra and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Londa, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
At the beginning of 2020 Coronavirus was the top focus of our lives. What’s next? How do we go on and move forward? We were on a nationwide quarantine. There was nowhere to go After weeks of long 12 hour shifts. I wanted to relax and go to a winery or wine bar/ lounge and have an exceptional glass of wine. Of course there was nowhere to go; except home. All the places I would normally go were closed with no plans in place for when and how to reopen. My home and backyard became my new escape. My decampment! Aside from the limited supply of top quality wines, amazing ambiences, and friends or family being out of reach at the time. I begin to search my soul and think of how I could change this some how. This is when WINE-D UP LLC was born. Wine-D UP is a traveling wine tasting business. We have a traveling team that includes a private chef offering delightful pairings for any and all occasions. We feature charcuterie boards, hors d’ oeuvres, and or dinner pairings. Introducing you and your palate to different regions and varietals of wine. Let us take your palate on a journey to meet it’s soul. Into a new decampment of comfort, elegance, and leisure. Wine-D UP promises to leave you with your palate more sophisticated and discriminating. Specializing in COVID-19 safe parties and events. Adhering to all CDC guidelines and or recommendations. As well as all state, city, and county pandemic laws. Small groups of 6-10 max due to rising COVID-19 numbers. Until further notice WINE-D UP LLC Where your palate meets it’s soul! Let’s get WINE-D UP! Wine-D UP is a welcomed step out of my comfort zone; the true meaning of manifestation. Determination coupled with hard work and a strong will really played a role in catapulting Wine-D UP LLC to where we are today. Not to mention the outpouring support and blessings of family, friends, and customers. So excited for Wine-D UP’s future. 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a traveling wine guide. Bringing winetasting, pairings, and a whole experience to your doorstep. What sets us apart is our unique way of taking you on a wine journey and culinary experience all in one experience. All this and more in the comforts and safety of home. I would have to say form tenacity and the help and support of my family is how I got to where I am today with my business professionally. It definitely wasn’t easy. It was many times I thought I was in over my head. I wanted to give up. Times where I questioned myself. Again the support and prayers is what really got me through. They helped pick me up, took some of the load off and encouraged me to keep going. I learned a lot of lessons along the way. Some being the difficulties in marketing and promoting, financial insecurities , scammers and untrustworthy individuals out here. I was no longer in my nursing bubble. I had to break out and speak up for my business. I had to learn that I was the voice for my business. I found a strength and fight in me that I forgot existed and became exhausting at the same time. All for a good cause though. We were on a nationwide quarantine. Weeks of long 12 hour shifts. I wanted to relax and go to a winery or wine bar/ lounge and have an exceptional glass of wine. Of course there was nowhere to go; except home. All the places I would normally go were closed with no plans in place for when and how to reopen. My home and backyard became my new escape. My decampment! Aside from the limited supply of top quality wines, amazing ambiences, and friends or family being out of reach at the time. I begin to search my soul and think of how I could change this some how. WINE-D UP LLC was born. Wine-D UP is a traveling wine tasting business. We have a traveling team that includes a private chef offering delightful pairings for any and all occasions. We feature charcuterie boards, hors d’ oeuvres, and or dinner pairings. Introducing you and your palate to different regions and varietals of wine. Let us take your palate on a journey to meet it’s soul. Into a new decampment of comfort, elegance, and leisure. Wine-D UP promises to leave you with your palate more sophisticated and discriminating. Specializing in COVID-19 safe parties and events. Adhering to all CDC guidelines and or recommendations. As well as all state, city, and county pandemic laws. Small groups of 6-10 max due to rising COVID-19 numbers. Until further notice WINE-D UP LLC Where your palate meets it’s soul! Let’s get WINE-D UP! Wine-D UP is a welcomed step out of my comfort zone; the true meaning of manifestation. Determination coupled with hard work and a strong will really played a role in catapulting Wine-D UP LLC to where we are today. Not to mention the outpouring support and blessings of family, friends, and customers. So excited for Wine-D UP’s future. Especially in a time of uncertainties and new norms. We want you to feel safe, relaxed and have a great time while enjoying the simplicity of life. yet allowing the complexity of wine to be paired in many ways. packages can be customized and tailored to you.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to Hollywood and show them all of eclectic things it has to offer. First day we would go to Hollywood walk of fame, go see the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Blvd, Wax Museum Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, at night hopefully catch a show at Hollywood bowl or at the Chinese Theatre. The magic castle, LA municipal art gallery. we would eat on sunset, Hollywood Blvd, Wilshire, or Highland, Have to go to Pinky’s, and Fatburger. 2nd day- LA Zoo, Dodgers stadium, Farmers market, art galleries and museums( selfie, illusions, ripley’s, Hollywood, natural history, LA county museum of art, museum of contemporary art) as many as we could fit in. 3rd day-Downtown LA, fashion district, Chinatown and eat at Won Kok famous dumplings, Olivera st, Cielito Lindo World famous taquitos, little Tokyo, Phillippe the Original French dips. 4th day-my own personal guided tour of LA/South LA, Watts, Inglewood, and Compton/Long Beach we would try ethnic dishes from Soul food to authentic Mexican food. Visit the Long Beach Promenade and go to a swanky wine bar/lounge by the beach. 5th day- Santa Monica Pier and Venice beach

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out and give a special thanks to Chef Robere “MABE” of Mabe N Nems Cuisine for all the delectable pairings and being apart of the Wine-D UP local and traveling team. He never cease to amaze our palates every time. I also want to thank FBF Filmz for all of the amazing footage ,pictures, videos, media marketing etc. and coming aboard the local and traveling team for Wine-D UP LLC. I want to thank Robyn Mabra my personal assistant for all you do. going above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everything is in order from top to bottom. thank you for being my other eyes, ears, and brain sometimes. You are simply amazing. Last but certainly not least my silent investors(you know who you are) who sewed grape seeds into Wine-D UP LLC, my parents, children and siblings who worked with me from the beginning and pitching in whenever needed. I thank them for being on my team locally and traveling. Doing whatever needs to been done from clean up, set up, wait staff and so much more. Thank you for trusting me and the process. Thank you to all my family, friends and new customers for all the prayers and support and believing in me and the vision of Wine-D UP. YOU helped bring this into fruition.

Instagram: Winedupwlonda
Facebook: Wine-D UP LLC
Yelp: Wine-D Up
Other: email: winedupwlondallc@gmail.com

Image Credits
Sylvester Phillips and Taylor Mitchell of FBF FILMZ

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