Melissa was bitten by the wine bug later in life. After spending 10 years in politics, it was time to do something a little less controversial and a little more fun so she went full-time into the wine industry working both at northern Virginia winery as well as a large retailer until joining KPF in March 2018. Melissa is a Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers), Certified Sake Professional (Sake Education Council), and has earned her Diploma in Wine & Spirits through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET).
Melissa enjoys discovering new wines. Fefinañes Albariño, Bressia's Cabernet Franc, and Grand Veneur Clos de Sixte Lirac are just a few of her favorites from the KPF portfolio. While her favorite wine regions include the Rhône Valley, Bordeaux, and Piemonte, Melissa will always have a soft spot for Virginia, where she first discovered wine.
Melissa lives in Alexandria, VA. In addition to wine she is an avid baseball enthusiast and has visited 24 of the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. In her free time you may find her at Nationals Park or hiking in Virginia's horse and wine country.