When I tell friends and family that on any given day, I HAVE to taste a new wine before it launches or dine at a restaurant in Napa Valley or god-forbid, attend a winery party, I definitely don't get the sense that sympathy is coming my way…Welcome to my world of tasting, dining, visiting, sharing and teaching about wine and food as wine director of DEAN & DELUCA.
My job takes on the pace of the east coast (think of the boundless energy of NY) but rests in the beautiful, serene landscape of California wine country. In essence, I’ve got the best of both coasts wrapped up into one job. And with that, I invite you and sincerely hope you’ll join me on my adventures as I discover the best of what wine country out here has to offer.
Be a part of what I do on any given day. Discover new wines with me as I curate selections for our west coast, east coast, catalog, website and international store locations like Singapore, a big project for me right now and Bangkok, soon to launch their flagship store in early summer.
Explore restaurants, both the newest and the most tried and true. Come with me to my wine events that I attend throughout the valley and on the flip side, wine tasting seminars that I host all across the country. Consider this your all-access pass to the inner workings of the wine business as I share, expose and even challenge your senses, palate and love for all things food & wine. Most importantly, use this space as your own to give me feedback or ask questions.
In parting, here’s a photo of the view from my meeting yesterday. I'm calling this a garden oasis surrounded by vineyards. The location? Rudd Estate in Oakville. Not a bad view for a meeting. - Kerrin Laz, Wine Director