Denise began her journey in wine in 2007 when she took her first sommelier training course after an ethereal experience with her ‘come to Jesus’ wine, 1986 Gruaud Larose. With the goal to learn as much about wine as possible, Denise moved to France where she lived and worked on vineyards in the Loire Valley while periodically taste-traveling through Europe.
After returning to the States in 2008, Denise kicked off her wine industry career and began working with major brands including Chateau d’Esclans (Whispering Angel) and Frescobaldi. To continue her wine education, Denise became WSET Level 2 Sake Certified and is currently working through the WSET Level 4 Diploma Program.
Today, Denise resides in Astoria and is the NY State Manager for Gonzalez Byass USA’s Priority Portfolio.