I didn't like wine until I was 20 years old. It wasn't something that was on the dinner table for the kids to drink. My mom would sometimes drink a glass of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay while cooking our family's big Sunday dinner, but besides that wine wasn't much a part of my life growing up. This changed for me when I moved from western Washington state over to eastern Washington (where most of the wine grapes grow). Here is where I really became acquainted with wine. I landed my first job in the "industry" on Craigslist. I needed a little extra cash my sophomore year of college and  got a "Vineyard Laborer" job in Ellensburg, Washington. This was the first experience that really opened my eyes to the world of wine. At about the same time I enrolled in the Global Wine Studies program at Central Washington University. One of the highlights of this  me was that I got to taste wine in class at 9:30 a.m. for two years. The program covered many business aspects of the wine industry including major wine regions, marketing, sales and distribution. After college, I traveled to New Zealand to gain wine-making experience and to learn first-hand how to make wine at a large production facility. Following that up I worked at other wineries in Walla Walla, Washington and the Willamette Valley in Oregon. In these jobs I learned more about the overall wine-making process from start to finish. I've also had the opportunity to work in other parts of the wine industry including retail sales, distribution and various tasting room roles.