I grew up in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Augsburg College. I have WSET Level 3, and am a Certified Sommelier through the CMS; my favorite wine program I have done was the French Wine Scholar. In 2016, I was awarded the Les Dames d’Escoffier Wine Legacy Award, which took me to Washington State and Washington DC later that year. I am a member of the Minnesota chapter of the Les Dames d’Escoffier.
I’ve been in the wine industry since 2011. My favorite part of being a wine rep is the adventure of every day. I like being in the car traveling around town, showing cool wines to fun people. The first wine I truly fell in love with was a Fiano from Sicily, and I still really love almost any Italian white. My favorite wine regions are Washington State, the Loire Valley, and the Jura. I also have a love for gin and cider. As for my favorite food pairing, Joel Nelson would joke that my favorite pairing is any wine that goes with mac & cheese.
Outside of wine, I love walking, learning about people and other cultures, history, astrology, Key West, and cats. My current favorite cat is my kitty, Molly. Please don’t be afraid of adopting senior animals; they are the best!