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 pretense out of wine and get back to basics through interactive and educational activities in the tasting room, winery and vineyard. She is WSET Level 2 Wine and Spirits Certified after Passing with Distinction. She begins her sommelier certification in December.
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.