I had been juggling my intense passion for wine, jazz and good jokes alongside a day job in the financial sector / economic research for about 15 years. Two years ago I finally gave up and left the hustle and bustle of Moscow, Russia, for the serenity and beauty of Napa Valley. The Sud de France Master-level certificate and the WSET Level 3 certificate helped me land a job in the wine industry. So now I spend my time between working in the winery, exploring wines of the world, listening to jazz, admiring various forms of art and exploring California and beyond. And there’s always room for a good joke!