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 landed "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 major at Central Washington University. One of the highlights of this program for me was that I got to taste wine in class at 9 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 winemaking 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 winemaking 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 from associate to management. These experiences have been incredibly valuable in helping broaden my perspective within the industry. My goal is to continually learn about wine and share my experiences with others.