My professional life has certainly taken me through many different twists and turns. I was born and raised in Chicago, but always had dreams of moving out West. With a Journalism degree in hand and a yearning for some new adventures, I headed out to Los Angeles. I’ve spent the last couple decades in some facet of marketing, branding, writing and PR/communications both for major global companies and smaller clients who are just getting their businesses off the ground.
While I’ve enjoyed my professional career immensely, I am now focused on combining my experience and my passion for writing with my other passion: Wine. I’ve spent the last 15+ years scouring California and the surrounding areas, searching for new, off the beaten path wineries to explore. I’ve been so inspired by the wine, food, people, and places I’ve experienced, my main goal moving forward is to share my experiences with others.
I don’t claim to be a famed wine critic like Robert Parker and don’t necessarily believe the quality or enjoyment of wine should be based on a point system, but rather on how much you like drinking it. While I can’t always decipher the slightest nuances of grass, smoke, black pepper or fresh strawberry in a wine without a moment of hesitation, I’ve continually built my palate over the 20+ years I’ve been drinking wine, and recognize the process of studying and exploring wine as a life long journey.
Wine Related Credentials:
* WSET Level 3 Advanced (with Merit) — 2019
* WSET Level 2 (with Merit) — 2018
* CSW – Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators) — 2017
* JWE – Junior Wine Executive — 2010