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Erin Rasmussen

A native of the Great Lakes region, Erin Rasmussen grew up in Madison, Wisconsin experiencing the intense pleasure of seasonal produce and handcrafted cheese. Her interest in flavor grew into a passion for fermentation and wine, and in 2008 she relocated to Napa Valley to pursue a winemaking career. She completed her graduate studies in winemaking and viticulture at Lincoln University in New Zealand in 2012 and worked for industry luminaries such as Dan Petroski at Larkmead and Gina Gallo at Gallo of Sonoma. In 2017 Erin returned to her midwestern roots to explore the complexities of cold-climate winemaking and in 2018 founded her innovative wine brand American Wine Project.