Vanessa Igel first fell in love with France and then with wine. After traveling throughout the wine regions of France, Spain, and New Zealand, she realized her hobby had officially taken root.
As the director of wine experiences, she wants to take the pretension out of wine and get back to basics through interactive and educational activities in the tasting room, winery and vineyard. She has passed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 1 and is taking Level 2 in early October. From there she will start her sommelier certification.
Prior to being bitten by the wine bug, she worked in PR & Marketing in San Luis Obispo and Chicago. She is a graduate of Leadership SLO, Class XXVII.
She also is a former award-winning television producer and graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, IL.