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Emily Zegar

Export Sales Manager / U.S. Market Manager

Born and raised in the Willamette Valley, I grew up on the same red-clay volcanic soils that make Oregon ideal for growing beautiful Pinot Noir. Wine grabbed my attention and curiosity at a very young age, and my career in the wine industry began at Sokol Blosser Winery in May 2012. My experience working for one of Oregon’s pioneering wine families catapulted me across the world.

In January 2015, I moved to Adelaide, South Australia to earn my Masters in Wine Business from the University of Adelaide. During my time in Australia, I worked in the tasting rooms for Penfolds at their Magill Estate, along with a small boutique producer in the Adelaide Hills, Scott & La Prova. In addition to my Masters coursework, I earned her WSET Level II Award in Wines & Spirits. In 2016, I transitioned to work for Aus Wine Craft, an Australian based import-export distribution company as their Marketing Communications Assistant. I also served as part of the team at East End Cellars, Adelaide’s premiere wine bar and specialty bottle shop.

At the end of my Masters coursework, I moved to Hong Kong to gain experience in the Asian wine industry. While writing my Masters thesis on Asian wine consumption habits, I interned with The Flying Winemaker as the company’s Marketing and Operations Intern. While in Hong Kong, I earned my WSET Level III Award in Wine & Spirits and became a member of the Women of the Vine & Spirits Alliance. I completed her Masters in Wine Business with high marks in September 2016.

In October 2016, I was one of two U.S. candidates selected by Pernod Ricard Winemakers as a Wine Brand Ambassador and experienced an intensive six-month training program. I underwent wine business induction at Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ headquarters in Sydney, Australia and traveled internationally to gain hands-on viticulture and viniculture training in Rioja and Ribera del Duero, Spain, Sonoma and Napa California, Barossa, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale, Australia and Marlborough, New Zealand. Experiencing and completing comprehensive education in all facets of each wine brand and region, I was then based in Dallas, Texas to manage the North Texas on and off premise wine markets. After a year and a half in the role, I was promoted to Retail Account Specialist for the state of Colorado. In this role, I was responsible for managing the growth and development of Pernod Ricard’s wine and Champagne portfolio across the state of Colorado.

Wine education has been and continues to be a passion of mine, and in October 2017 I earned my Court of Master Sommeliers Level I Certificate. In April 2018, I earned the WSET Nominated Educator Certificate and am to teach WSET Levels I & II in Wines. In November 2018 I was awarded SommCon’s Young Leader’s Summit Scholarship and attended its San Diego based Conference. In June 2019 I was selected as Women of the Vine & Spirits Alliance’s monthly spotlight.

With now 7 years of wine industry experience across Oregon, Australia, Hong Kong, Spain, California, New Zealand, Texas and Colorado, I am excited and honored to rejoin the Sokol Blosser team as the company’s Export Sales Manager/U.S. Market Manager.

Hobbies: Running, barre, backpacking, hiking, camping & gardening

What you like about Pinot Noir: Its subtle yet striking nuances.

Favorite food: Veggies from the garden – anything earthy, a little bitter and harvested straight from the source.

Place you’d like to travel to: Margaret River, Australia

Favorite drink besides wine: Does Champagne count? If so, then bubbles. Otherwise, a nice earthy green tea.

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