I grew up in Sonoma, doing all things wine until I left. When I was 12, my dad asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I answered “A New Yorker”. Before making it to New York, I worked for the National Science Foundation in Antarctica & New Zealand and studied art history & economics in Italy. I finally settled in New York and within 4 years, I was again working in the wine industry. I guess you can take a girl out of Sonoma, but you can’t take Sonoma out of a girl…
Where have you lived?
Sonoma, Antarctica, Firenze, New York
An old yellow Mercedes 240d – it was a tank & you could hear the diesel engine coming from down the block
How did you start in the wine business?
I grew up doing random harvests (but really I was just in it for the post-harvest feasts). When I moved to NY, the lure of travel, home and access to wine above my United Nations intern’s paygrade called. I started in Education & Training.
Best concerts of your life
I am partial to any concert where you can pack a picnic & a bottle of wine. That goes for big Central Park events, but also local Sunday night gigs.
After tasting wine all day I want to drink a…
Sometimes beer, sometimes espresso, but really, I want to drink more wine – preferably white and high-acid
After staring at a computer all day I want to drink a…
What puts the biggest smiles on your face?
Driving (or walking) over a bridge – the Bear Mountain, Ponte Alexandre, Brooklyn, Golden Gate, Ponte Vecchio. Basically, I love to be anywhere I can soak in a beautiful vista.
Fantastic wine experience
Drinking a 1980 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard with my Dad in the backyard when I was 19. It was the moment I realized that wine is an art form.
Last bottle of wine of wine you ever want to drink
White burgundy, preferably Beaune, mid-slope
While on the wine route I love to…
Get my second wind
Favorite vacation spot
It’s a close run between Humbolt Fog & Epoisses
Great food & wine pairing
Where do I begin? There are so many epic pairings – all beginning with good company.
If you won the lottery…
Hire a private chef (mostly for mise en place), build a bigger wine cellar & spend more time skiing