Growing up on the east end of Long Island in New York, Kerrin was first introduced to wine from witnessing the evolution of surrounding sod fields and potato farms to vineyards of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. While studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kerrin’s palate … Read morebroadened, working at the esteemed Crook’s Corner and Anotherthyme in Durham, North Carolina. Through her experiences with working in the restaurant world, Kerrin realized her true passion was the world of great food & wine.
In 2003, Kerrin decided to make wine her profession and began her career with DEAN & DELUCA, where she started as the Wine Buyer for the Washington, DC store. After three years, she felt the urge to broaden her wine knowledge and responsibilities and made the cross-country move to Napa Valley, to manage and create the wine selection for the St. Helena, California DEAN & DELUCA.
Today, as Wine Director for DEAN & DELUCA, Kerrin concentrates her efforts on product selection for the company both domestically and internationally and has become an integral member of the most established and up-and-coming star vintner community. Her palate rivals some of the most esteemed wine critics for California wine and has earned her access to the best of the new introductions in the California wine world. Kerrin is also a freelance journalist for Edible Communities Publication and since 2007 and has been a judge on the wine panel for the Food & Wine Magazine’s American Wine Awards.
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After graduating from Saint Mary’s College, Michael started his career in wine sales & marketing with Agustin Huneeus’ portfolio of luxury wine brands including Quintessa, Faust, and Illumination as well their Chilean winery Veramonte. Working his way to the artisan genre of … Read morethe wine business, Michael moved on toward national sales with respected Pinot Noir producer, Black Kite Cellars based out of the Anderson Valley & San Francisco. During this same time, Michael was introduced to the retail, wine club and wine bar side of the industry while working with The California Wine Merchant in San Francisco.
A Certified Wine Professional from the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America-Greystone as well as achieving the Advanced Certificate from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London, Michael is now well on his way through the Diploma program of the WSET, the precursor program for the Institute of Masters of Wine. Well acquainted with the wine regions of the world, Michael is excited to focus on the best wines of California with DEAN & DELUCA.