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Work experience

Apr 2011Present


Unlock Wine

I have a small wine education business where I provide educational seminars to beginner/new wine enthusiasts. I take the intimidation out of wine! I have written a book for the seminar - Wine Savvy, Your Wine Tasting Pocket Guide.

Jul 2000Present

Grower Relations Manager

Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines
Senior Grower Relations Manager, Central Coast-Napa, CA Creates and maintains strong working relationships with contract growers in Central Coast and Lodi regions Maintains strong working relationships with winemaking staff Plans and executes sourcing grape supply strategy for several major wine brands Oversees vineyard and budget management for leased vineyards(3000A) Manages regional grower relations team members
Jan 1994Jul 2000

Assistant Vineyard Manager

Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines
Assistant Vineyard Manager Rancho Dos Amigos-Shandon, CA Successful budget planning and execution for 500 acre vineyard Executed all aspects of vineyard management including frost control, IPM, irrigation management, vineyard development, people management and harvest(machine/hand). PCO


Agricultural Business Management

California Polytechnic State University
Oct 1999Jun 2001


California Agricultural Leadership Program

2 year leadership fellowship that included world travel, cultural and political issues, public speaking, current events, high-level leadership training


Relationship building, project management, budget management, negotiation, education, olfactory training (sense of smell), wine evaluation, vineyard evaluation, social media, writing
Wine Education
Providing high level wine education to beginner wine enthusiasts using a layman's approach. Utilizing the "lifestyle" and fun of wine to educate.
All facets of production wine - tasting, evaluation, quality improvement, budgeting, supply planning, wine education
Social Media
Experienced blogger, social media mananger
Skilled in all aspects of viticulture, farming for wine quality and sustainability


Apr 2013Present

WSET Level 2 Award

Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Prestigious WSET training and certification - Intermediate Level