After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1996 I realized that my General Studies degree (even though it was a tremendously rewarding experience) was not extremely conducive to much in my future. At the time I happened to be working part time at an iconic Ann Arbor wine retailer and I realized how wine, in all of its manifestations and tangents, incorporated the gamut of my studies–history, literature, anthropology, and religion, even philosophy. However, the most rewarding of all my human experiences have always been related to savoring the fruits of this Earth and I thank my family for that (plus the great cuisine and bounty of my native Peru). Therefore I could not pass the opportunity to engage in what I classified as my “Grad School” and inculcate myself with the knowledge of wine and food. I realize now that it has become the brunt of my existence. I cannot spend a day without cavorting over the pleasures of the palate and all of the social variety thereunder. Briefly stated: I enjoy food and wine and their history and I have never been the same since I started this love affair. I would love to share my passion for food and wine with you!