Much of my culinary and vinous interests developed during my childhood. I’ve lived in more than a dozen places within Asia, Europe and the U.S. and all of them had a tremendous influence on my palate and appreciation for diversity of cultures and flavors. My first exposure to wine dates back to when I was nine years old while living in Brussels, Belgium. I often joined our landlord's family for meals and recall being fascinated by how wine was an integral component of every meal…even for the children. They let me taste the wines, which sparked a deep curiosity about wine and its cultural and historic significance.
After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, I moved to NYC and started my career on Wall Street. Over the course of nearly 12 years, I held various positions within the investment bank and built the global event marketing effort and team from the ground up. We had the opportunity to work with many highly acclaimed tastemakers and properties to create captivating food and wine experiences. It was rewarding to witness how thoughtfully curated experiences can really cultivate engagement and make an impact.
After almost 12 years on Wall Street, I embarked on an intensive educational journey devoted to formal wine education with the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, the Court of Master Sommeliers, and the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. After earning certifications from all three organizations, I launched Domaine Somm to make it easier to create high level, unique experiences with wine. Too often at events, the wine selection or experience is limited or treated as an afterthought due to lack of access, expertise or creativity.
The decision to launch Domaine Somm on September 11th stems from my personal experience living in lower Manhattan when the tragic events of 9/11 occurred. It was devastating, but what struck me and continues to amaze me is the powerful sense of humanity and community building that ensued. Strangers worked together to improve the lives of others. Unique, shared experiences undoubtedly help to break down barriers, build relationships, and form communities.
Domaine Somm is rooted in supporting communities and celebrating works of passion + purpose that improve quality of life. We donate a portion of our profits to organizations that support education and the environment.