Courtney is a professional writer and sommelier based in Northern California. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America's Advanced Wine and Beverage Program, a Certified Sommelier and has worked two harvests in Napa and Sonoma in vini- and viticulture. Courtney contributes regularly to Decanter.com, 7x7 magazine and her work as appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The World of Fine Wine and Sonoma Magazine, among many other publications.
Courtney moved to Napa Valley from New York City — where she was covering food and wine as a reporter for NBC New York — in 2010 to study under the direction of Karen MacNeil at the Culinary Institute of America, where she also earned the designation as a Certified Sommelier through The Court of Master Sommeliers. She has worked at PRESS restaurant, which has the largest and deepest collection of California wines in the world, in the cellar of The Scholium Project for the 2011 harvest and as a viticulture technician for Boisset Family Estates. She has been honored as a fellowship recipient at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers and was selected to be a Wine Specialist for the Concourse Mondial in Slovakia. She currently serves as the Wine Director at Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen.