As a young boy, my grandparents had vineyards in California. Around age six I moved from California to North Idaho. Several years later I returned to California to live with my father in Paso Robles. At 21, I moved to Atlanta to harvest my fruit. My first career was in the fitness industry. In fact, I taught group exercise classes for 38 years and competed successfully in many fitness competitions.
At 30, I moved back to the Pacific Northwest and pursued my love of accounting and finances as my next career. However, my passion for wine never stopped and I completed my first wine course in 2002. After completing my MBA in 2006 I went on to complete my Level Two course with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), passing with Merit and later my Level Three Advanced course. Currently, I am pursuing my CSW and Certified Wine Educator (CWE) designations.
Now living in Portland for more than 20 years, Triangle Wine Country began in 2014 as my third and final career (thus the name Triangle Wine Country). Simply put, it was time to get back to wine. Our interactive wine tours and classes allow us to "get personal about wine". This unique approach makes wine more approachable and enjoyable.
I look forward to meeting you soon.