I first studied Russian and Creative Writing in undergrad, and worked a variety of jobs in the writing field prior to getting into winemaking, the most recent being writing for Rural Electrification Administration publications. However, after writing for other people for nearly ten years, I was burned out with it looking for a change. I moved to Oregon, started helping said uncle out at his vineyard, and then enrolled in OSU’s Food Science program. They offer a concentration in Enology and Viticulture, and at the time had a 100% job placement rate, which was the percentage I was looking for. I went right from that program into the wine industry.