DIRECTOR OF GIN CURATION and EDUCATION
Natasha Leila Bahrami, also known as the Gin Girl (@thegingirl) Bahrami fell in love with the spirit of gin after an eye-opening (and mouth pleasing) experience with a dirty gin martini in her early years as a restaurateur. Since then, she has worked to expand the knowledge, experience, access and appreciation of the gin spectrum with her guests and the world. Elevation of the spirit of gin is her priority. Natasha is the proprietor of The Gin Room (natashasginroom.com) in St. Louis, MO, a gin bar established in 2013 boasting hundreds of fine gins and an ever-changing creative cocktail list. She is also an owner of the restaurant Salve Osteria as well the bottle shop, Grand Spirits. She is known for making her own tonics, as well as hosting monthly programs, seminars and workshops created specifically to engage, convert and educate gin novices and gin lovers alike. In 2015, she expanded her focus nationally, launching a robust education platform Ginworld, a company created to help elevate the category of gin in cities domestically and abroad. For the last 6 years, Natasha and the Ginworld Ambassadors have hosted the largest gin festivals in the United States bringing distillers, educators and brands together to expand knowledge and experience with the spectrum of gin.
Natasha was inducted into The Gin Guild in 2017 for excellence in the promotion of gin and continues her work judging spirits for the most prominent gin competitions globally, International Wine and Spirits Competition, American Distilling Institute and the World Spirits Awards. In 2019 Natasha Bahrami was inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier International LDEI, a philanthropic organization of women leaders creating a supportive culture in their communities. In 2020, Natasha has joined the team at the Museum of Distilled Spirits, curating the gin education and programming for this unprecedented collaboration of the spirits world.
In February of 2021 Natasha became the 8th inductee in the Gin Hall of Fame.