Wine Education and Experience

wine webMy journey into wine started in Sonoma, California.  After selling my chiropractic business and traveling out to California to become a free spirit, I stumbled into the Toad Hollow tasting room and inquired about a job.  The next day I was pouring wine and entertaining customers with tales of adventure from Todd Williams.  I learned from the best and will always be grateful to Todd for bringing me into the wonderful world of wine and giving me the best experience and education I could have hoped for.

2012  –  I spent 3 months in Argentina tasting and “studying” wines from around the country.  Met with producers and growers and wine makers.  Toured growing regions, explored vineyards and completely enjoyed myself with glass upon glass of Malbec!

2007 – present  –  Independent Wine Consultant for numerous distributors in the Mpls/St. Paul area.  The Wine Company, Bourget Imports, New France Wines, Grape Beginnings.  Duties include: in-store wine tastings and demos, corporate/public/private events and education,

2005 – 2010  –  France 44 Wines & Spirits, Minneapolis, MN  –  Primary wine educator in charge of scheduling classes, all educational materials, marketing and wine selection.  I also did regular in-store wine tastings/demos, assisted with catering events in-store and off premise, and helped with customer service and retail sales when needed.

bodegas web2006  –  Sommelier Training  –  International Sommelier Guild  –  Levels 1 & 2  –  Wil Bailey, instructor

2004  –  Toad Hollow tasting room, Healdsburg, CA  –  Tasting room associate