Boston, MA, USA
What was your initial introduction to wine?
My father is from Germany, so we usually had Riesling around the house, but my real serious introduction was at Cornell in the 800-person, Introduction to Wines class. I began to understand the differences among wines and learned to appreciate all there is to know about wine.
Which is your favorite French wine region and why?
It’s probably Alsace, partially because of the German influence and my family background being German. But, also, I went to Alsace last year [on the Wine Scholar Guild Study Immersion trip] with Theirry Meyer and it feels almost like home to me. The region is an interesting combination of the two influences – France and Germany. Of course, the wines have a lot of unique characteristics themselves; they are unique to Alsace and are produced in a very food-friendly style.
What is your current position/company/role?
I am the Wine Education Director for the Boston Wine School [in Boston MA]. In this role, I build curriculum, buy wine, recruit and train teachers and also teach myself. In addition, I work for a boutique wine shop called Winestone. I also teach WSET courses and whatever else comes up; I’ve taught French Wine Scholar classes for Jo-Ann Ross previously. And, I also do some marketing and recently poured wine at the Wine Riot.
What was the most recent glass of wine you drank?
It was a Sicilian Etna Rosso last night because I'm working on co-leading a wine and food focused tour of Sicily next year.
Please tell us about your experience as a Wine Scholar Guild member (and student).
As a student, the materials have been top-notch and very thorough. The written and online materials reinforce your learning, plus students have the option of classroom learning as well. It has been one of the strengths of the program – this diverse interaction with the education materials.
As a member, I haven’t been able to take advantage of all of the webinars, but it is a great resource for us. You can watch webinars from experts – the people that live and work in these regions – and others who we know are completely expert in their respective wine fields.
The overall quality of Wine Scholar Guild programs has been excellent. It makes me want to take more programs. I have already signed up for some of the Master-level programs. The trip to Alsace was amazing – we got to visit the most famous places and meet these famous producers – sitting with them at lunch or dinner – which is such a great opportunity for a wine educator to be able to bring back with him/her to the classroom.