I'm a sommelier who's passionate about sustainable agriculture and education.
I have worked as a wine educator, wine writer, restaurant manager, wine sales representative, wine buyer, farm hand, cellar hand, and winemaker. I've worked in restaurants and hospitality for over fifteen years, and in wine for seven years. I have had the pleasure to serve wine in some of Los Angeles' top rated restaurants, such as Angler, Church & State Bistro, Spring, and Redbird. I've written about wine for SlowWine and served on the Wine & Spirits Magazine tasting panel. See my experience on LinkedIn.
As a wine professional, I feel that I have a responsibility to advocate for healthy agricultural practices, and to empower consumers to find sustainable and healthy products. Learning and teaching have been some of my richest experiences in the wine industry, and I love sharing this with others.
I believe that grape and wine production should use sustainable practices. To me, that looks like protecting biodiversity, restoring native habitats, eliminating chemical inputs, stopping pollution, and respecting the communities surrounding the farm. As agricultural stewards of the land, we need to recognize the history and cultures of the Indigenous people whose lands we are occupying on this continent. In the industry as a whole, we need to include, collaborate, and partner with BIPOC, women and LGBTQIA+ folks.
I am fluent in English and Spanish and can read Italian and French.
Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Level 3 Award, Pass with Distinction, 2018
Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Level 2 Award, Pass with Distinction, 2013
University of California, Irvine, Double Bachelor's in Spanish & Comparative Literature, 2009
Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Spanish Language Study Abroad, 2007
RECENT SEMINARS ATTENDED
Resetting the Food System from Farm to Fork: Setting the Stage for the 2021 U.N. Food Systems Summit, Hosted by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition and Food Tank
Biodynamic Association, Seeding the Spirit of Stewardship: Climate, Agriculture, and Community
Workshop: Social Permaculture and Healing Justice for Biodynamic Practitioners
“I’m Speaking”: A conversation among five women Masters of Wine, Supported by Bâtonnage Women in Wine
Dream Big Darling Leadership Retreat for women in wine and spirits