Surprising even to herself, Kate is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Masters Sommeliers and the International Sommelier Guild, a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators, and an Associate Member of the Institute of Wine and Spirits through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. She is currently a panel judge for the International Wine and Spirits Competition out of London and Napa Valley. In her previous life, Kate worked in professional theatre and independent film before getting her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. Other positions have included tour manager, computer cord maker, receptionist at a paper mill, secretary at a mayonnaise factory, and executive assistant to the former Poet Laureate of the United States. Kate is also an award-winning pianist and can say the fifty states in 12.5 seconds. To be perfectly honest, Kate has a real soft spot for tequila.