My appreciation for wine began as a young girl growing up on my family’s ranch in Mendocino County. I come from a family of farmers. My grandfather was a grape grower and my father has carried on the legacy of our family’s vineyards. I did not study Enology or Viticulture in college, but I like to think I bring a unique perspective to wine tasting. My experience with wine begins with the vine.
I grew up as an apprentice of sorts to my father, riding along on the ATV with him to check the progress of each and every row of grapes. My favorite childhood memories were spent playing among the grapevines and volcanic soil with my sisters where we watched as the grapes evolve from pollinated flowers to teeny-tiny berries to finally, the yellows and purples of Chardonnay and Cabernet. I grew up learning to smash grapes on my father’s refractometer to measure the sugar levels, and practiced swirling my watered-down wine in a plastic glass long before I was of age. As a teenager, I spent weeks of my summers crop thinning – a tedious and hot job that especially made me appreciate the hard work farmers put in to assure a beautiful crop.
When I graduated high school, I moved from my small town in rural northern California to the big city of Los Angeles for college. From a young age, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment business and I figured L.A. was the best place to chase my dreams. Flash forward to present day: I’m in my twenties living in North Hollywood with a B.A. in both English & Theatre Arts and Communications, and pursuing my acting dreams. But you can’t take the country roots out of this girl! My appreciation for a good bottle of wine and a great pair of shoes has not diminished, and I hope you’ll join me as I share what I’ve learned growing up in the vineyards and all that I’ll continue to learn as my palate for wine and fashion grows in the big city.