Back in 2017, I had the honor to write about Jason Caballero (Bourbon Steak) and Brent Karlicek (Postino/Upward Projects), Valley wine maestros who passed the arduous advanced examination with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Now it’s my pleasure to introduce Tarbell’s Wine Store manager Jaimee Anderson, who recently scored her pin as the third advanced certified sommelier in our state.
When did you become enamored of wine?
When I was studying in Paris my senior year of college. [It] provided me with the opportunity to travel all over Europe and see how each region, regardless of country, had so much pride for the wine they produced and the food they made along with it.
What advice would you give to someone who’s interested in making a career in the wine world? Would the advice be different for a woman?
Narrow down what it is you appreciate most about wine and your strengths. If you’re great with people and numbers, perhaps hospitality or a sales position is the best role for you. More passionate about education? Maybe teaching is the best option. For all the women out there, this is still a male-dominated industry, so expect headwind.
Pick your top three white and red wines at Tarbell’s Wine Store.
Whites: 1) Domaine de Saint-Pierre “Les Brulées” Chardonnay, Arbois, France, 2015. 2) G.D. Vajra “Petracine” Riesling, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy, 2015. 3) Benoit Ente Bourgogne Aligote, Burgundy, France. Reds: 1) Domaine du Pélican “Trois Cepages,” Arbois, France, 2016. 2) Giuseppe Rinaldi “Brunate-Le Coste,” Barolo, 2005. 3) Ceritas “Elliott Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma, California, 2013