I love wine! That's all there is to it. And, I want everyone to love it too. There are so
many ways to enjoy wine. It enhances and enriches ones life.
I began studying wine at the Cordon Bleu school in London, England where I lived
for 6 years. In that time, I dined at numerous restaurants with fantastic wines and
helpful sommeliers. This encouraged me to further educate myself about the
wonderful world of wine. I thought I would pursue a career as a Sommelier. I
quickly found out that a Sommelier is not the right position for a parent of a
young child as they are regularly working past midnight!
After moving back to New York in 2001, I continued my education by taking more
wine courses and attending as many tastings and events as I possibly could. I
found a greater sense of how important it is to enjoy life and pursue my dreams as
I was moving into my new home in Battery Park City, New York..move in day..
September 11, 2001. Needless to say, we did not make it in that day and after 6
weeks at a hotel in Jersey City, NJ my then 6 year old son, convinced me to move to
Battery Park City anyway. He helped me get through that sadness and realize how
important it is to live! And, with that in mind, wine is part of that living!
In the summer of 2002, my soon to be husband and I took a beautiful trip to the
Rhone Valley in France with my aunt and uncle (also lovers of wine!) We met our
now friend, John Sherwin, owner of FrenchWinetours who prepared an
individualized trip for us as a special educational introduction to the vineyards of
France. We tasted wine out of barrels in the caves, met the local wine makers who
are lovely old time farmers with rosy cheeks and plaid shirts, and had feasts with
jugs and jugs of local wines that cost a mere few euros. It was a marvelous way to
get a feel for this industry.
I have been fortunate to meet some wonderful people in the business who have given
me the opportunity to not only taste some fabulous wines but to understand and
appreciate them as well without any of the pretense. I have worked with HG
Marketing, PJ Wines, Quantum Wines, Wines of Argentina. I have helped organize
Grand Tastings and special reserve seminars such as Dom Perignon and Sherries
of the World.
I am presently working as a freelance consultant to help with any wine related
service. I can work with the trade, consumers and companies to create tastings,
events and classes. I also represent Localwineevents.com which is a perfect
promotional tool for all wine related matters. I have started Wine Travellers' School
with my partner from French-wine-tours. Our trips combine touring the wine
country (presently available in Bordeaux or Burgundy) with specially designed
wine classes. I am also President of the New Jersey Chapter of Women For
Winesense, a national non-profit wine organization that promotes the positive
aspects of wine through educational tastings and events.