Sommelier Stories: Vanessa Raymond, Founder of @Telesomm

Let's kick off the season with woman who started this podcast partnership, the founder of Telesomm -- Vanessa Raymond!

Vanessa Raymond is a sociotechnologist, entrepreneur, and founder of Telesomm. She has worked in tech since 2012, and is committed to software that solves real world problems, improves people’s lives, and makes for a more equitable and just world. Vanessa is mixed race, Samoan American, passionate about justice and equality and seeking to make real change in the world.

Vanessa was first introduced to the world of wine as an assistant cook on the S.V. Steven Taber from co-owner and wine professional, Jane Barrette Barnes. She went on to work as the assistant to Michael Dorf during the startup phase of City Winery.

After leaving New York to join the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Bulgaria she fell in love with Hungarian and Bulgarian wines and wine traditions for homemade wine and small scale family vineyards. She then spent six months living (and tasting!) in Santa Barbara, and fell in love with wine towns, vineyard landscapes, and great wines.

Here are a few notes from our conversation on the #InVinoFab pod:
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