Meet our team
Owner | Salonniere
Micheal Hooker is a Florida native, a writer, somatic therapist, and natural wine enthusiast.
She began studying wine in 2012 and fell in love with biodynamic viticulture and natural wine as a result of her deep passion for bees and ecofeminist philosophy. In 2016 she moved back to Tampa, Florida from Brooklyn, New York for the sole purpose of opening Lector and adding another brick in the cultural bridge of Tampa's Renaissance. To this end, her role as a salonniere is to organize and host Lector's literary, community arts, and philanthropic events.
Favorite Book: Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
Favorite Poem: “The Forgotten Dialogue of the Heart” by Jack Gilbert
Favorite Wine Region: Currently a toss up between Jura, France and Catalonia, Spain
Bottle of Wine that Got Her Hooked: Pol Roger's Winston Churchill Cuvee. The lemony-biscuit notes are forever instilled in her olfactory senses. Drank at Bern's Steakhouse with a large party and her future wife.
Amy’s passion for wine springs from her overall passion for life and celebrating each moment. Raised in Nebraska by a farming family, she has always had a deep connection with humanity’s relationship to nature and food. Her first real introduction to wine occurred as she spent two years in Europe earning her Masters Degree in Social Sciences. Upon returning to the U.S., her future in the wine business was cemented after meeting her husband, a chef and Sommelier, 15 years ago.
Since that time Amy has worked diligently to gather the knowledge required to seek out the most compelling wines available on the market. Her philosophy about wine is based on positive relationships- with the farmer and the land, the importer and the vintner, the sommelier and the guest. She strives to create a relaxed but exciting environment to build on these relationships, to honor their histories, and celebrate their futures.
Favorite Book: Skinny Legs & All by Tom Robbins
Favorite Wine Region: It changes daily! Today it is Piedmont, Italy.
Favorite Bottle of Wine: One of the most memorable bottles was the 2005 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin” she drank at McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina.