I still remember visiting my grandparents' vineyards outside Fresno, CA as a child. Upon arrival, the seemingly endless rows of vines provided a unique maze for a young child exploring the world. At an early age, we moved from California to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I returned to California to live with my father around age 12 in the Paso Robles and Templeton area. Fond memories of his homemade Zinfandel wine still exist today. Returning back to Coeur d'Alene to finish high school, I took off to Atlanta, Georgia at 21 to "harvest my fruit". In Atlanta, I became the Aerobics Director for Peachtree Center Athletic Club and competed successfully in many fitness competitions.
Along with these competitions, I provided continuing education seminars for other clubs and instructors as well as produced and marketed several fitness videos. At 29, I moved back to the Northwest and now reside in Portland, Oregon with an amazing spouse and our amazing dog Quinn. In Portland, I chose to pursue my love of accounting and completed my BS in Accounting and later my MBA. However, my passion for wine never stopped and I completed the Level Two course with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), passing with Merit. After working as a Financial Analyst for almost ten years with a large engineering and construction company, I decided that working with people rather than spreadsheets would be more interesting and became a Financial Adviser. After several years as an Adviser, I sold my shares of the firm to my business partners and decided it was time to "get back to wine". I have recently completed my Level Three Advanced certification course with the WSET and will pursue my CSW.
Although everyone in the wine industry has a unique story, I am happy that my story has led me back to wine.....an industry that I believe I was "born to be". This website is truly a culmination of my journey and my desire to help you enjoy wine more! Don't forget to like Triangle Wine Country on Facebook and follow us out there with the links below."Remember that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!"
-From Tahitian Choreographies by Vicki Corona