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 multiple harvests in both viticulture and winemaking and has traveled extensively. She has written about wine, the wine industry and wine country for Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, 7x7 magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Wine & Spirits and Sommelier Journal, among 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.