OWNER | WINE NERD | TOur Guide | WORLD TRAVELLER
My passion for wine has been in the works for over a decade and began, as I am only moderately ashamed to admit, absentmindedly with a bottle of Arbor Mist during college. Never would I have imagined that in the span of a decade that simple beverage would have evolved into this. In 2010 I walked into a small wine bar here in Dallas and decided I was going to work there. They told me there was only one shift available (Sundays), and that it was slow, I would probably not make much money and there would be no more shifts available, likely ever, as no one ever really left. And so the journey began! One shift turned into two, then three, and in what seemed like no time I found myself in a position to take over as General Manager when the owners opened a new restaurant and took the current GM with them. I had found my path...in this little bar I was able to learn about wine and then, more importantly, turn around and share that knowledge and passion with the people who came in, week after week, wanting to know and taste something new and different. My quest for knowledge led me to work for a small distributor with an amazing portfolio and introduced me to one of the cast of characters, an exporter, who would unknowingly change the path of my life forever. During a conversation about my desire to have a more intimate relationship with the producers and subsequently more fully understand the wines that I had learned to love, he suggested that I look into a small, yet well known, school in Beaune, Burgundy, France. After a few starts and stops, I applied and was accepted into the International Wine Trade program at the Viti in Beaune-I was shocked. My French was rusty, my passport sadly unused for years, and I was off. I have heard in this industry that "all roads lead to Burgundy," and all I can say is that I hope that is true! I had the incredible opportunity to learn from winemakers, exporters, negotiants, viticulturists, and just plain oenophiles. I developed a marketing program for a small boutique winery, had a chance to visit wineries across France, South Africa and the Sicilian archipelago, and worked actual harvests alongside talented and passionate new friends (if you have not done this yet, it is a bucket list item for any wine lover!) I returned from Europe with a renewed passion for wine and the "how" of it all, and so Toasted Stave was born. Currently, I am teaching wine classes in and around Dallas, collaborating with my awesome best friend, a therapeutic yoga instructor for wine and wellness classes and tours, consulting on wine programs for bars and shops, and taking fellow wine lovers on tours to wineries in Napa, Sonoma and Texas Hill Country with some awesome trips on the horizon! Come join me...there's a lot of world and wine out there to explore!
toasted stave was born of a passion to share the love of wine with others
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