About Me

MeinOkanaganI’m a late bloomer to wine. Just call me Cabernet Sauvignon.* I didn’t truly start appreciating or learning about wine until about 4 years ago . . .

It was 2013, my legal career was in my rear view mirror, and I wasn’t sure where I was going next. I first heard about Northwest Wine Academy from a local winemaker (thank you, Scott). The idea of returning to school to learn about wine sounded intriguing, after all – I had LOVED law school. (The actual practice of law? Not so much). I signed up for a Sensory Evaluation class, not understanding exactly what “sensory evaluation” meant, but hey – it was an entry level class and fit into my schedule.

I wouldn’t say that I was “bitten by the wine bug” during this class – more like firmly smacked upside the head like an Australian Shiraz. Our instructor, the wonderful Reggie, was a big reason why. Her immense knowledge and enthusiasm for wine was infectious. She made me start thinking about wine beyond what was in my glass. I was hooked.

Since that Sensory Evaluation class, I’ve taken 8 other classes at Northwest Wine Academy, passed the WSET Level 3, the French Wine Scholar exam, and the Introductory Sommelier exam. Next up is a Master Level Rhône exam through the Wine Scholar Guild. And I’m planning to pursue the WSET Diploma, and possibly the Italian Wine Scholar certification, starting in 2018. I work at a local wine shop part-time and I recently joined the Seattle chapter of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (yes, this is as hoity toity as it sounds, but is wickedly fun and delicious).

My goal is to teach wine classes and, if I’m lucky, have the same effect on a wine newbie that my first instructor had on me. I live in the Pacific Northwest with my two Labs and my beer-loving husband of 19 years.

* Cabernet Sauvignon is a notorious late ripening and late blooming grape. My apologies, wine humor is a little more challenging to come up with than lawyer jokes. 🙂