Although Erik graduated from Temple University with a degree in business administration focused on marketing, Erik fell in love with hospitality and wine while working at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Philadelphia. Dreaming of becoming a Master Sommelier, he sold everything he owned and moved to Aspen, Colorado and spent six years in the renowned hotel and wine program at The Little Nell; during the off season, he traveled in Europe and visited the most esteemed wine estates to hone his appreciation and knowledge. He accepted a position as estate director at Napa’s historic Heitz Cellar in 2019, where he continually aims to reimagine the luxury hospitality experience for guests of the winery. He passed the Master Sommelier Diploma Examination in 2022. At Heitz, he focuses on crafting elegant and balanced wines from sustainably farmed vineyards while enriching the lives of his guests through hospitality and service.