Emily grew up outside of Seattle, and spent time living in San Luis Obispo, California, where she developed first-hand knowledge about the wines of California’s Central Coast. In pursuit of a more serious wine career, Emily moved to San Francisco and joined the Fifth Floor restaurant in 2000. Under the mentorship of Rajat Parr, Emily was promoted within nine months to assistant sommelier. During her tenure, Fifth Floor’s wine list earned the prestigious Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine and the restaurant was nominated for Outstanding Wine Service award by the James Beard Foundation.
In 2008, Emily became one of only 96 people in the United States to earn the designation of master sommelier. Emily was also awarded the prestigious Remi Krug Cup for passing all three sections of the certification exam on her first attempt, and she is one of two women to ever achieve this remarkable feat. In addition to directing the wine program at Fifth Floor, Emily now serves as master sommelier and director of wines for all Kimpton Restaurants.
In 2010 Emily was named Wine Professional of the Year by Santé magazine. This award is the only peer-judged national award program in North America created to honor and recognize professionals that exhibit outstanding achievements in wine service.