Kareasa’s interest in wine began her senior year at UC Santa Cruz, during which time she worked part-time in the tasting room for Bonny Doon Vineyard. Her experience at the winery inspired her to learn more about wine by traveling the world. Her passion for wine has taken her to wineries in France, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, South Africa, and various other countries. She holds a Master’s Degree in English, and received a certificate in Wine Fundamentals from the International Sommelier’s Guild in 2004. She currently works as a wine consultant for Weimax Wines and Spirits in Burlingame.
Manhattan may be the bustling, hectic, cosmopolitan center of New York, but on a short drive east on the Long Island Expressway, you can see the pace of New York gradually ease from major metropolis to sprawling suburbs, and finally, as the island splits off into what are known as the North and South forks, to rural farmland. The South Fork is famous for the Hamptons, a chic vacationing resort popular with overworked Manhattanites, and though there are a handful of wineries in the south, it is in the heart of the North Fork of Long Island, once known primarily as a potato farming community, that you will find cozy bed and breakfasts, old fashioned diners boasting fresh berry pies, and best of all, the newest, and one could argue most exciting, wine region in New York State.