In her early career, between school and travel Jess worked in restaurants, gaining experience from California to Nantucket to Australia, and eventually Portland. In 2009 Jess moved to France to indulge her francophile spirit while teaching English in a rural highschool in Champagne.
Jess has studied wine formally and is a certified sommelier, receiving the top grade in her class. She has a solid foundation of global wine regions, styles, and wine making practices, but it was her fervor to taste, and eagerness to drink off the beaten path that served as her true wine education. She is an adamant supporter of small production, minimal intervention wines, which are the true match for the handmade charcuterie of Olympia Provisions.