Amy is the Founder and Director of the Central Washington University (CWU) Institute of Wine, Beverages and Gastronomy. CWU offers the only four year accredited Global Wine Studies degree in the Untied States. The program also offers courses for wine professionals and consumers. She was awarded the Professional Wine Woman 2005 and 2006 title in Paris at the International Wine Women Awards. She was named Western Innovator 2008 by the Capital Press and was recognized by United States Representative Doc Hastings in the U.S. Congressional Record for service to the wine industry. Amy has been commended for her contributions to the industry by U.S. Senator Patty Murray and numerous State and Federal senators and representatives.
Amy has a MBA in Wine Industry from the University of Bordeaux Business School, a Diploma of Tasting and Wine Studies from the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France, and the Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London. She has published numerous articles for the wine industry and written five books on wine ranging from viticulture and enology, wine regions, marketing, sensory analysis and wine faults. Amy has judged numerous local, national and international wine competitions and is frequent presenter at national and international conferences. She assists wineries in wine quality evaluation and sales and marketing techniques. In addition, she works with private clients and corporations for wine tastings, evaluation, and investments.