Alexis is a cultivator of eccentric hobbies. She played club rugby, was on a synchronized swimming team and fulfilled PE credits by riding her horse in high school. In college, she was a passionate ballroom dancer, and on the step team. While she was dedicated to her International Relations/French major, she was also driven to become a lead event planner on campus, creating new traditions (pre-dance socials hosted by the girls and enjoyed by the guys) and resurrecting old ones (golf-style drinking parties in the oldest dorm on campus). When her mother suggested coming home after graduation to complete the Event Planning certificate at the local state college, Alexis thought she should ‘use’ her degree instead. After working for two years for a cross-cultural training firm in New Jersey, she set out to live in South Korea, teaching English and traveling Asia. While outside the States, she began to see her long term goals more clearly; live a simple life, in wine country, and enjoy the amazing wine, food and culture available in her home area.
Returning to Sonoma County, she was fortunate to begin working for a preeminent winery, gratefully receiving a fantastic education in wine, terroir, local geography and food. Alexis realized that this would be the time to let go of the degree and embrace wine country living fully; she boldly applied to become an Event Manager at the most exclusive private winery and club in the Napa Valley. After accepting the position, Alexis began learning the events industry in triple time; the biggest celebrities, most notorious personalities and wealthiest guests from all over the world were patrons. Devoted to the cause, Alexis managed over 450 events each year, with perfection being not a goal, but a requirement – for every single one. While executing a flawless event is exhilarating, Alexis was most excited to get to know the Members and help to create beautiful memories of their milestone birthdays, anniversaries, family gatherings and holidays. When she later transitioned to working at Bardessono Hotel and Spa, Alexis was able to develop their weddings program with perfection and also relationships at the forefront. Limiting the number of weddings permitted annually enabled her to be completely invested in each couple’s celebration, and she is pleased to remain friends with all of her past brides and grooms.
Cutting her teeth on the highest service standards has developed Alexis’ eye for detail and addiction to organization. However, she is first and foremost a warm and welcoming ally; she can be depended on to skillfully navigate the Valley’s many talented vendors, beautiful venues and endless activities – and to always start (and end) with a glass of wine.
Alexis’ ‘simple wine country life’ includes two wild, wonderful, sassy daughters who make life the opposite of simple, but oh-so-fantastic, and a husband who is the Hospitality Manager for several Napa wineries. She has an unquenchable thirst for bubbles and Pinot, practices yoga and clean eating (apart from the wine, because hello!), loves cultural festivals of all kinds and drives a Subaru. Is also aware of how cliche she is.