Senior Fine Wine Specialist
Although Kyle grew up in Lodi literally surrounded by vines, it wasn't until he moved to San Luis Obispo in his late teens that he began to develop a serious interest. Working at a local market, he began to learn about the wines of the Central Coast and two years later, worked his first harvest at a custom crush facility in the Edna Valley. From there, he worked in restaurants as a manager, bartender, and server, but always, his focus was on educating himself about wine.
In 2011 Kyle's love of winemaking led him to Lodi's Borra Vineyards, where he served as assistant winemaker for two years. Seeking to round-out his industry credentials, he moved to San Francisco where he served as Assistant General Manager at a prominent wine retailer. During his time there, Kyle acquired his Sommelier Certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers, as well as the French Wine Scholar Certification through the San Francisco Wine School.
After spending a short time with a boutique wine and spirits importer, Kyle returned to wine retail and joined the team at JJ Buckley. An avid surfer, Kyle is also an experienced long-distance and open-water swimmer, enjoys camping, live music shows, and of course, exploring new wines from the world's best regions and producers.
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