A Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of Oregon fell into my lap in 2004. Instead of going to work at Argyle, in Dundee OR, I began a five year stint in hospitality management. In 2009, I began the process of becoming certified as a Sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild. That is when I awoke to wine, I believe it was identifying a 2005 Bruno Clair Clos St. Jacques blind that was the game changer. It was on. I began inhaling Burgundy, Sancerre, Faugères, Mosel, Barolo and Oregon Pinot Noir.
I have worked as an assistant Sommelier at the Joel Palmer House, in Dayton, OR and in a host of tasting rooms in addition to being a private and public wine consultant, wine broker and tutor. I began apprenticing under winemakers in the Willamette Valley, Oregon in 2009 and 2010 before traveling to Central Otago, New Zealand to participate in the 2011 harvest. I finished my fourth vintage at Rhys Vineyards, in the Santa Cruz Mountains in November, 2011 before heading back to the Willamette Valley to finish off a busy year by working my fifth vintage at WillaKenzie Estate. In 2012 and 2013, I traveled to Meursault, France, to vinify two vintages at Domaine de Montille/Deux Montille.
Throughout my travels I have learned quite a bit, and my tastes have changed. Where I am currently at is that site-driven wines that are expressive of place, vintage and transparent to the viticultural and vinification methods are what I seek. When I’m not working, drinking and talking about wine or sleeping, I enjoy photography and art, hiking, cooking, language, denim, vests, music, travel, meeting amazing people and spending time with friends.