Emily Brings a wealth of wine knowledge and 15 years of distributor & supplier experience to the Pinnacle Imports team. After graduating from Mizzou with a business Management degree, she realized a corporate desk job would not suit her. She started her career working for the largest locally-owned wholesaler in the state, as a Sales Rep on the Fine Wine team. Here she represented many of the largest wine, beer, and spirits brands in the industry. Her strong sales performance afforded her the opportunity to travel extensively to growing regions in California and Oregon.
She honed her knowledge, built relationships with prominent restauranteurs and retailers, and her passion for wine education grew. Always working to be the best resource for her customers, she has attained numerous certifications, including Certified Sommelier, CSW, CSS, Certified Cicerone, and WSET II.
After almost 10 years on the distribution side, she was recruited by Ste Michelle Wine Estates, where she had the opportunity to visit many significant vineyards in Eastern Washington, and even work harvest on Red Mountain. As the top sales rep in the Midwest, she was awarded with a trip to Italy to visit Tuscany, Puglia, Orvieto, Montepluciano, Bolgheri and Piedmont. Her time spent with winemakers and viticulturalist was invaluable.
Emily is a St. Louis native and lives in Lindenwood Park with her husband on their 'City Farm', stocked with flowers, vegetables, and chickens. She enjoys traveling to wine regions, exploring the outdoors, listening to live music, and teaching yoga.
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