Gillian Ballance is wine director of the San Francisco—based PlumpJack Group, which operates seven restaurants, including PlumpJack Café and Jack Falstaff in San Francisco, and PlumpJack Café Squaw Valley Inn. She grew up in Tulsa, Okla., and first worked in restaurants while attending the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her first sommelier job was at Windows on the World and she later worked in New York's Cello and Picholine restaurants.
Ballance arrived in California in 2000 to launch the wine program for the newly opened Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara and moved to the Bay Area to take over the wine program at PlumpJack in 2004.
She is sitting for the Master Sommelier Diploma in July 2012, and obtained my Diploma in Wines & Spirits from WSET in 2007. She actively participate as a judge for local wine competitions and for IWSC International Wine Competition 2012.