Ali

 

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I admire the journey in a challenge. If you aren’t struggling at times, there is no growth happening.

 

Ali’s strong work ethic was instilled during her childhood growing up in a farm community and gives her common ground with the innovative leaders, founders, and entrepreneurs who inspire her.

 

HIDDEN LABOR

People underestimate how back breaking the work is just to get some wine in a bottle. I continue to have a relentless admiration for those who work thanklessly in the unpredictable realm of agriculture.

 

GOOD EFFORT

I was taught early in life that the desire to hustle will always drive the needle forward. I cannot be happier with where it’s taken me.

 

You’re working to become a sommelier. What got you interested in that?

I grew up in a farm community and a good portion of my family works in the industry in the Central Valley. When the pandemic hit and travel was limited, I dove into books and found myself learning about grape varieties and winemaking styles from different areas of the globe. People underestimate how backbreaking the work is just to get some wine in a bottle. Now, it tastes better to me than it ever has.

 

The sommelier exam is notoriously difficult to pass. Do you find that you tend to take on big challenges in your work life too?

I admire the journey in a challenge. If you aren’t learning, struggling and at times failing, there is no growth happening. That spans all aspects of life.

 

Too true. Looking back, did the place where you grew upmake an impact on you?

Growing up in a small farm town embedded in me a strong sense of community and respect at an early age. I continue to have a relentless admiration for those who work than klessly in the unpredictable realm of agriculture.

 

Is there something your family taught you that you’ll never forget?

Having a strong work ethic is a quality that will never be overlooked. I was taught early in life that the desire to hustle will always drive the needle forward. I cannot be happier with where it’s taken me.

 

Shifting to your role at VMG: what do you most appreciate about the team you work with?

The sense of family and work grind. We win as a family, and we lose as a family. Bigger than that, we celebrate each other and individual milestones, whether it is personal or professional. People show up and produce outstanding work and results — just look at some of the amazing brands we have.

 

What opportunities excite you the most in your work with brands?

The people, bottom line. It has been amazing to work with and for so many innovative and inspiring leaders, founders and entrepreneurs. Collaborating to support these exciting new discoveries and concepts is what keeps me on my toes. So much to explore and learn out there!

 

Including knowing your way around a wine list.

That reminds me…I better get back to studying.

 

Collaborating to support our founders’ exciting new discoveries and concepts is what keeps me on my toes.

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