My journey in the wine world began at age 18. I grew up in Mariposa, a small town in California’s Sierra Foothills, 30 minutes’ drive outside Yosemite National Park.
My first love was music, and I spent my formative years studying clarinet, tenor saxophone, drums, guitar and piano. Soon after graduating high school, I moved to Los Angeles with La La Land visions of becoming a professional musician.
As is de rigueur among Angeleno transplants, I worked in restaurants to supplement my income while chasing ‘the dream’. Through tastings with coworkers and friends who became mentors, I slowly but surely immersed myself in the world of wine.