I’m a former financial services professional with a serious wine obsession. I love talking, writing, reading about wine, and of course drinking it. My appreciation for wine started more than 20 years ago. I read every wine magazine and book I could get my hands on, but I still had a yearning for more. So I retired from the financial services industry and started building a “Back 9” * career around my wine passion.
After enrolling in “Wine School” at the International Sommelier Guild, my wine knowledge increased tremendously. After hundreds of hours of classroom lectures, coursework, homework, quizzes and exams, and many many tastings, I completed the curriculum and became a Certified Sommelier II. The following year I earned the Society of Wine Educators’ designation, Certified Specialist of Wine.
Through my wine appreciation events and education classes, I’m able to share some of my knowledge with others who enjoy wine also. My desire is to help wine novices better understand wine and enthusiasts to increase their wine acumen.
Wine is a complex beverage but the bottom line is I want to help make understanding wine as simple as possible.
I’ve been a guest judge at wine pairing dinners and lectures. Also, I’ve lead wine tours for small- to mid-sized groups. I’m a contributing lifestyle writer for Pathfinders Travel Magazine.
*Back 9 refers to the last nine holes of play on a golf course. A round of golf is 18 holes, so ”making the turn” at hole #10, the halfway point, means you are heading to the “Back 9”.
Wine & Travel
In addition, I am a partner in Fine Living Enthusiast, a wine and culinary travel firm. Through my company, I offer food- and wine-themed river and ocean cruises, as well as land-based wine adventures.
Using my wine expertise, I can help you plan and arrange the perfect vacation or tour to wine destinations around the world including the United States, Spain, France, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal and Italy.
If you are interested in attending a scheduled wine education class or hosting a private wine-related event, use the Contact Form to reach us. If you prefer to speak to someone personally, give us a call at 619-944-5202.