Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formerly a lawyer in private practice, I taught law at Georgetown University and then both at Moscow State University and the Institute of State and Law (Tbilisi, Georgie) as a Fulbright Scholar. Additional time served at Yale Law School, Moscow and St Petersburg resulted in a doctorate in law, after which I decided life was too short to be consigned to a life of vodka, potatoes and litigation. A felicitous change of career to the wine trade resulted in experience both with small importers and large distributors. Along with periodic writing for The World of Fine Wine and Sommelier Journal, I presently run Tastingworks, which offers a broad range of management consulting services to wineries seeking improved access and sales in the US market.