Wine Educator & Consultant
Born and raised in California, I love sharing my passion for food and wine. In 2012, I launched my company, The Zin Diva, LLC, to create fun, passion-filled wine events that bring people together. I provide Sommelier and wine education services for parties and events where guests taste and learn about wines from around the world.
I fell in love with wine in 2002 after I tried an off-dry German Riesling billed as a “spicy white” at my favorite restaurant near Charleston, SC. A local wine merchant helped me build my palate while I devoured books on wine appreciation. Starting in 2004, I started annual trips to California wine country where I racked up visits to over 1000 wineries and tasting rooms in over 25 American Viticultural Areas (AVA). After living and tasting in the Central Coast AVA of California for two years, I returned to the East Coast where I continue to explore Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and international wines.
As my love of wine grew, I yearned to share, expand, and formalize my knowledge and pursue a career in the wine industry. I took the plunge in 2011 when I started a wine and food blog and registered for the Level 1 Sommelier exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers. After intense study of wine theory and two days of tasting 22 wines blind, I passed the Level 1 Sommelier exam and joined a professional “blind” wine tasting group in DC. Three months later, I passed the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) exam through the Society of Wine Educators. I put my newfound knowledge and tasting skills to work with planning and hosting wine tastings for civic groups, homeowners associations, private dinner parties, book signings and talks in DC, and fundraising events. Meanwhile, I continue to entertain dinner guests and blog followers by exploring wine and food pairings.
My desire to share my passion for food and wine motivated me to create The Zin Diva, LLC. I help clients select wines to meet their theme, menu, budget, and personal tastes. At events, guests sip on mouth-watering wines served in Riedel glasses while learning more about their favorites. I desire to make wine fun and approachable and to teach people how to find wines they will love.