Mary is a 5th generation Californian who grew up in wine country. After retiring from her first career working in Engineering Support she went to culinary school and became a winery chef. But, the allure of wine was too strong and Mary wanted to make wine a bigger part of her life. She jumped at the opportunity to work in Emeritus’ tasting room, as Mary puts it “Pinot is my true love!”. Mary is our Chief Wine Taster because her favorite part of the day is sampling the wine that will be poured for guests. Her pallet won’t allow for anything less than perfect.
Her past career in tech means she is also fascinated by the science of grapes and winemaking. Mary is a great source of information for both wine geeks and those who want to learn the basics of wine and food pairings. Mary’s passion for wine, food and all things Sonoma County make her our go-to for food inspiration and local cuisine.
When Mary isn’t tasting Emeritus Pinot you can find her cooking for her family, tending to her farm animals and/or folding origami.