EXPERIENCE
WINE EDUCATOR AND MODERATOR
JAN. 2007 -PRESENT
Research, execute, and emcee highly attended wine and food events for high profi le wineries, restaurants, and national clientele such as Macy’s, Inc. Coordinate pairings, lead sensory evaluations, and facilitate discussion for attendees.
CONTRA COSTA TIMES, WINE WRITER AND BLOGGER
AUGUST 2004-PRESENT
Generate story ideas and write food and wine centerpieces for the Bay Area News Group, the largest chain in northern California with a combined daily circulation of 700,000. Stories
regularly appear nationwide. Launched Corkheads, a daily blog and column for wine enthusiasts. First staff wine writer.
SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE, FEATURES WRITER
APRIL 2002-AUGUST 2004
Generated story ideas and wrote features for award-winning daily newspaper, including restaurant reviews and pieces on Paso Robles wine country. Wrote singles column.
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, FEATURES CONTRIBUTOR/CRITIC
JAN. 1999-APRIL 2002

Wrote breaking news and features on art, culture, food, travel, books and religion for 400,000 daily circulation newspaper. Interviewed celebrities and wrote music and movie reviews.

EDUCATION
B.A., Journalism and English
San Diego State University. (Cum Laude), Dec. 1998

WINE EDUCATION
Symposium for Professional Wine Writers
Karen MacNeil, Antonia Allegra, Napa Valley (February 2007).
Italy Uncorked
Monica Chappell, Lafayette Community Center, Lafayette (September 2006).
Wines of France
Sommelier Emily Wines, Fifth Floor Restaurant, S.F. (August 2006).
Wines of the World
George Meggers, Solano Community College, Fairfi eld (Dec. 2005).
Wine Groupies
Monthly wine club with friends and industry professionals (2006-present).

INVOLVEMENTS & HONORS
Judge

Pairing Perfection: Culinary Arts meets Lodi Winemakers, Lodi (March 2010)

FELLOW
Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, Napa Valley (February 2010)
Judge
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Cloverdale (January 2010)
Judge
Taste of Terroir, Livermore Valley (July 2008, 2009)
Judge
2005 California Newspaper Publishers Association Awards.
Contributor
Playboy.com, MTV.com, The Onion, Westways and San Diego Magazine.
Recipient
Total of 14 in-house writing awards among three newspapers.
Honorary Taster
Young vintages in the Judgment of Paris reenactment, May 2006.
Member
Women For WineSense.
Instructor
33rd and 34th Annual California Scholastic Press Association workshops.

SKILLS & INTERESTS

• Fluent in Farsi. Read and speak French. Traveled to Greece, Israel, Spain, France, Italy.
• Proficient in Quark, MS Word, Lexis Nexis, blogging tools and online research.
• Hobbies include yoga, Persian films, indigenous varietals and the history of winemaking.