I graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Renaissance literature and a love for food, wine, and spirits. While taking a year off after college to apply to grad school, I found a job in wine retail. Within a few months, I abandoned my dreams of academia and decided to pursue a career in beverage.
Soon I began to pick up shifts at nationally acclaimed cocktail bar The Violet Hour, and in August of 2011, I moved to Nashville to be the opening Beverage Director at The Catbird Seat. My unique style of beverage pairings and approach to my program were featured in the New York Times, Imbibe, and Wine Enthusiast.
After moving to New York in 2013, I began working as a sommelier at Eleven Madison Park, where I was part of the team that got the restaurant to #1 on the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best List. In 2017, I was recruited to run the beverage program at Attica, widely considered Australia's best restaurant. In September of 2018, I passed the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, becoming the only woman in Australia to do so, and only one of 34 women in the world (and 274 people total since the 1960s).
I've finally put my literature degree to use in publishing my first book, Vignette: Stories of Life & Wine in 100 Bottles. I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband, Jon, and my cat, Botrytis.
(Photos, from left to right, courtesy of Josh Robenstone, Wayne Taylor/The Australian Financial Review, and the Esquire Network)
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