I've worked in restaurants since I was 16, and I currently work as a floor sommelier in fine dining. I have a Level 3 Advanced Award from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust and a Level 2 Certified Sommelier Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers. I've written about wine for BuzzFeed and Slow Wine California.
In 2016, I worked on a biodynamic farm and vineyard named Abbondanza, which is a Demeter-certified Biodynamic farm in beautiful Amador County, CA. Daniel D'Agostini, the farmer, is a 4th generation vine grower. His family pioneered California winemaking and owned one of California's oldest wineries, D'Agostini Winery, which was the third-bonded winery in the state. The winery is now a California Historic Landmark, complete with a museum.
In the fall of 2016, 2017, and 2018, I worked harvest at Jeff Runquist Winery as part of the production crew. Jeff Runquist and his Assistant Winemaker, Trevor Grace, are both UC Davis Enology graduates. Jeff and Trevor generously coached me through making my own wine in 2017.