I was raised in a small town in Pennsylvania and started traveling in my early twenties, first to the west coast, then back across the country. I was hooked on all the different food I never knew existed growing up. Traveled alone to Europe and landed in Vicenza, Italy for almost two years. What an education that was! After returning to the States, I worked for a hotel in Nevada that had a restaurant producing authentic handmade Italian food. The owners gave me many opportunities to grow professionally. I pursued my interest in wine and eventually managed the hotel's extensive wine cellar. When the owners of the hotel established a winery in Sonoma County, I eventually went to work there as Hospitality Director. Currently, my husband and I live in Mendocino County where we have a general contracting business. Wine is still a passion for me and cooking a daily adventure. Gardening is challenging but miraculous. Love all that Northern California has to savor!