Never did I intend to work in the wine industry. Growing up, my parents’ wine consumption focused mostly on carafes of Gallo, and I first began drinking wine seriously during my graduate studies at the University of Virginia, where I focused my attention on the subjects of Government and Foreign Affairs. My intention was to teach at the college level once I completed my degree.
During those years hobbies took a back seat to my studies but I did manage to dabble around with my budding wine interest. La Vieille Ferme Rouge and Ravenswood Zinfandel were among those I regularly drank. I was so immersed in academia that I missed the opportunity of a lifetime – a little bar a few blocks away from my apartment featured a band that played every Friday night for about 2 ½ years, called The Dave Matthews Band. I never made it to a single show!
When I moved to Minneapolis, the demand for Foreign Affair experts was pretty dry, so to make ends meet, I took a job at a local wine store. I wore many hats - cashier, warehouse and inventory until steadily, I discovered that I could have a career combining my love of learning and teaching with my passion for wine. That decision led me here, to Surdyk’s where I am the Wine Buyer and Department Manager.
While my focus is on wines from France and Italy, I had the opportunity to tour Washington state’s wine country in 2012 and fell in love with the wines from this fast-growing region.