Raised a tortured Cubs fan within the friendly confines of suburban Chicago, Stu learned to doubt statistical probability from an early age. After undergraduate studies in philosophy & education, Stu focused on improving literacy in classrooms in New York City before moving west for graduate school at Berkeley.

Upon relocating to the Bay Area, he was bitten by the wine bug. He tinkered with fermentation before making the career transition into the wine industry in 2006. However, Stu couldn’t shake the teaching bug and began to develop hands-on experiences around wine, which led to the launch of his company, Tasting Lab. In addition to Tasting Lab, Stu writes for several wineries and serves as ‘Wine Professor’ for the Foley Food & Wine Society.

He’s appeared on The Today Show, and his activities & materials have received critical praise in Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Forbes, Men’s Journal, Time and Chicago Tribune. Suffice to say, TWF is extremely happy to have Stu heading up the sales team.

When not slinging barrels at TWF, Stu is drinking crisp whites, wimpy Pinots, earthy Rhones and sledgehammer Cabs all while building his collection of soul records and lamenting the Chicago Cubs. Alongside his wife, Shelley, Stu is a self proclaimed film geek and popcorns to the movie theater more than 50 times each year