Kate was fortunate to be born and raised in the Willamette Valley. Oregon wines were often featured at the dinner in her family’s home, back in the 70’s before Oregon was “discovered” as one of the world’s best places to make cool climate wines.
After years of working in fine restaurants, Kate took a part-time job in a tasting room “just for fun”. From that moment forward she was hooked and made the leap into the wine industry full time. After working at several Willamette Valley wineries, she was thrilled to join the Lemelson team in 2014. She feels privileged to spend her days sharing the story of Oregon Pinot noir and extolling the virtues of her latest Wine obsession …. Riesling!
Like many Oregonians, Kate spends her free time hiking, skiing or escaping to the Oregon coast. Kate is also an avid student of yoga and a loyal Portland Timbers fan. She feels truly lucky to call Oregon home and loves that she gets to make a living working alongside passionate, talented and incredibly fun humans.