Growing up in the Napa Valley, I actually never envisioned a career in the wine industry. That changed, though, when I attended UC Davis and enrolled in my first class on wine. I was studying international trade, and decided to combine that with my interest in agriculture. Besides, my wish list of travel destinations could have stood in for a list of grape growing regions! Although I graduated with a degree in International Relations, I fit in as many viticulture and enology classes as I could, and spent the last 7 months of college studying abroad in Valparaíso and Santiago de Chile, where I continued that course of study hands-on for the first time. Back home and graduated, my goal was to work in a wine company that was involved in international ventures. What luck I then had beginning my career at Robert Mondavi, first in the export division, and then in imports working with partners in Italy, Chile, and Australia.
Joining Folio was a natural fit, working with many people that I already admired. I love the entrepreneurial energy and all-hands-on-deck spirit of a small company, and the opportunities I have to be involved with many different aspects of the business, from start to finish in the process.