As I grew up in New Jersey with a French mother and American father, it seems somewhat fitting that I would eventually trip into wine and food. My many experiences of youth were in urban areas, enjoying all that center city Philadelphia and Manhattan could offer. When it was time to get serious about wine, I found myself dragging a bag in NYC, in and out of the greatest restaurants and retail shops, all while honing and building a taste for Champagne. When my first daughter came along, I put the career on pause and spent 13 years raising three fabulous children, all while living vicariously through my husband who is also in this business. Today, we find ourselves in Napa and now that the kids are older, it was a perfect time to rejoin the ranks and get back into wine sales – but my taste for Champagne hasn’t waned a bit.
Where have you lived?
I have lived in Minnesota, at the Jersey shore, West Philadelphia, the upper east side of Manhattan, the North Fork of Long Island, the Russian River Valley and finally Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District.
Chevy Cavalier, White. A real muscle car.
How did you start in the wine business?
Like most of us I started in the restaurant business, in Philadelphia. My growing love for wine very quickly outweighed my diminishing love for the restaurant business schedule. My boyfriend at the time, now my husband thought it would be cool if I took a wine sales position.
Best concerts of your life
Pink Floyd, Veterans’ Stadium (Philadelphia), 1994 and Lindsey Buckingham, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (Long Island), 2012
After tasting wine all day, I want to drink a…
Glass of Champagne
After staring at a computer all day, I want to drink a…
Glass of Champagne
What puts the biggest smiles on your face?
My family when we are all together, and a glass of Champagne.
Fantastic wine experience
There are many, sometimes they just happen in my backyard, like sitting on my couch with Chef Francis Mallmann and a magnum of Barolo, or blending the non-vintage cuvee with Luc Montaudon, proprietor at the time of Champagne Montaudon.
Last bottle of wine of wine you ever want to drink
1996 Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill, had it at a tasting once, utterly scrumptious.
While on the wine route I love to…
Take in the local flair (and food).
Favorite vacation spot
I haven’t found it yet, but Paris will do for now.
I love all the cheese. Stinky, sweet, runny, it’s all amazing!
Great food & wine pairing
N’est pas une chose.
If you won the lottery…
I’d become bi-coastal and bicontinental. Who knows, maybe tri-continental?