WSET 3, Advanced Certification
French Wine Scholar
Eating grilled sardines and octopus while sipping Vinho Verde at the family table in Portugal led to Jennifer's love of food and wine. She reveled in the food markets and always accompanied her father to the same wine cave to drink 25 cent glasses of Moscatel from the barrel. Jennifer grew up around the restaurant business including her father's wine bar in New York. At a young age she learned the demands of the business, watched how tastings were conducted, and helped deliver desserts to supplement the customer's wine experience.
Jennifer's hospitality and restaurant experience is broad and coupled with her love for traveling the world she decided to intentionally study wine. She earned her WSET Advanced certification in 2017 and traveled to different wine regions in France, New Zealand, and Portugal to apply her studies. She continued her wine studies through the NVWA and earned her French Wine Scholar designation in 2019. She is currently studying for her Napa Valley Wine Expert designation.
Jennifer joined RARECAT Wines during the 2015 harvest and was hired full time thereafter! Working for a small winery she has worn/wears many hats; wine educator, assistant winemaker, client hospitality, and doggy-sitting two naughty winery dogs :) She loves the art and science of wine making and was lucky to have the RARECAT 2015 - 2022 Provence style Rose's named after her!