After the loss of a sense, people can experience heightened sensitivity in another area. For blind sommelier Amy Dixon, it was smell and taste.
“As my vision deteriorated my palate and my nose became much more acute,” says Dixon. “I can identify wines by the vintage, the grape and region just by tasting.”
Dixon is sharing her extraordinary knowledge of wine in honor of an organization very close to her heart, Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Dixon, along with fellow Guiding Eyes graduate and musician Blessing Offor, will host a paired concert and wine tasting at the organization’s Wine, Music and Puppies fundraiser Sunday.
After the tasting, Dixon will do a demonstration with her seeing-eye dog, Elvis, whom she acquired from Guiding Eyes five years ago. And in five short years together, the two have traveled the world to places like Italy, Spain and Portugal on a quest for incredible wine (for Amy, not Elvis).
“As soon as I got Elvis, I could go out and be myself,” says Dixon, who lives in Greenwich, Conn. “I didn’t feel disabled, I just felt like a person with an awesome dog.”
Amy Dixon chatted with us about her third year helping out with the Guiding Eyes for the Blind fundraiser.
If you go …
Wine, Music and Puppies fundraiser to support Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 3-6 p.m. Oct. 6. Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, 1-800-942-0149. Tickets: Starting at $60, buy online at www.guidingeyes.org.