My name is Nadia and I moved to Napa in 2004 to pursue a career in culinary arts following my graduation from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. After completing my externship at Julia’s Kitchen in Napa I went on to manage the catering department for Dean & Deluca in Saint Helena. In 2006 I decided to follow my dream of traveling and working overseas and went to Australia and New Zealand for three months. It was during this time that my passion for wine, that had been awakened while working with wineries at Dean & Deluca, continued to grow exponentially. Upon return to the US, I followed this passion to Domaine Chandon, eventually working my way up through tasting room management and then onto marketing and communications positions for both Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard. After nearly seven years, I left Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard and took my career to the next step and joined Cornerstone Cellars in 2013 as the wine club and e-commerce director. I am now the director of consumer sales for Cornerstone Cellars, overseeing the wine club, e-commerce and the tasting room operations.
I have lived in the Napa Valley for just over a year, but spent most of my life near Atlanta, Georgia. During my career with a big box retailer, I fell in love with food and wine and decided to make a career out of something delicious. I worked for a small artisanal dairy and organic produce farm selling cheese and produce to the chefs of Atlanta’s best restaurants. My husband and I decided to move our family to Northern California and we had the good fortune to land in the world’s best wine region and I joined the Cornerstone team in March.