Leslie began her love of wine in a small unpretentious Oregon vineyard after graduation from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona. As a West coast girl she never dreamed she would someday have the opportunity to manage a 9,000 bottle cellar on the East Coast, work a harvest in Italy and move to London to finish her education, earning a diploma in Wine and Spirits with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (the stepping stone for the Masters of Wine). Her love of travel has taken her to some of the most exciting and remote places where wine plays an integral part of everyday life. When asked what the best part of this job is? “Hearing the stories behind the labels from the folks who lived them.” And the worst? “Counting those 9,000 bottles.”
Leslie’s role at The Lodge at Woodloch has blossomed as a wine educator, Sommelier, Mixologist, presenter, and mentor.