BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Hailey and Sundance, Idaho.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Studying for my master sommelier diploma ... anywhere from two to six hours a day.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Traveling. It’s so good to escape and explore.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: I thought it was completing an iron man competition, but now I know its passing my advanced sommelier exam.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: My hard work ... and for being a fair and open person.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Tour Ireland.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: A wine key.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: An attorney. My, how things change.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: Hands down, my mother, Toni. A single mom, she taught me that hard work and persistence pay off. She would tell me; “Keep at it, you can find success.”
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Karen MacNeil’s “The Wine Bible.”
I AM READING: “The Wines of Greece,” by Konstantinos Lazarakis. It’s a real page-turner.
I AM LISTENING TO: A podcast from the Guild of Sommeliers.
FAVORITE MOVIE: “The Dead Poets Society.” It has a good message.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: I don’t have one.
FAVORITE PET: Phoenix, my monster cat who has to be at the center of everything.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Anything that’s sweet and salty.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Not a whole lot. I sometimes post about cycling and wine on Instagram.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Loyalty, followed by trustworthiness and humility.
PET PEEVE: Passive aggressive behavior.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: How the natural world and the water come together here on this little split of land, and how kind and genuine this community is.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Champagne.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT ME: I am 6 feet 9 inches tall and I am terrified of heights. I also completed an iron man competition.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Came from Eric Cook, who was formerly the head sommelier at Beverly’s at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, who said: “This is where the work begins, never stop striving.”
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: If you are willing to work hard, you really can achieve what you want to achieve.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Split it with my family. My parents have done so much for me, I’d like to return the favor. I’d still show up for work.
I DRIVE A: Pearl-colored 2014 Ford Edge.
I WISH I DROVE A: Black Mercedes 300.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Champagne and celery.
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE:
Madame Clicquot. She was an amazing woman and a trailblazer who took a complex subject and made it understandable. She molded the future of so many sommeliers. She was a French businesswoman who, when her husband died, took over his company, even though women were not allowed to have businesses at the time. She developed a technique called riddling, which is why we have clear champagne today.
— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro