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I graduated from Ringling School of Art & Design in 1996 with a degree in illustration and followed the footsteps of so many artists before me- waiting tables and doing odd jobs while trying to "make it" in the art world. After a few years of this, I landed a job as a server at the Black Bass Hotel in Bucks County, PA, which is where I caught the wine bug. Helping diners choose wines to compliment their meal was rewarding, not just in tips: being a nerd to the core, it was really fun and interesting to know all of this arcane wine stuff.
My art "career" was going exactly nowhere, and suddenly wine seemed like the better option. So, I started reading, took a wine class (or three), spent a few years in retail and a few more years as a sales rep in New Jersey, and tasted a LOT of wine. (I know, bummer, right?) But after eighteen years in the service and sales industries, I was ready for a change. Ironically, the wine background that got me OUT of the arts made me a good fit as a designer here at Bowler. See mom? Art school wasn't such a big mistake after all...