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   Ellise Basch is a professional gastronome and taste connoisseur. She was born in Colorado, and her family moved to California when she was a young girl. There, she was acquainted with large amounts of exotic food and drink, and even managed to cook alongside Martin Yan, her favorite Chinese chef. She promptly dropped the spatula on the floor. Several times.

Missing the elements of nature, she managed to return to Colorado to pursue a bachelors in history at CMU, with a dabble in emergency medicine for her longstanding post as a professional ski patroller at the local resort. Ellise managed to accumulate quite the pantry and collection of cookware, and enjoyed experimenting with food, much to the enjoyment, and occasional dismay, of her friends and family.

Ellise lived and traveled abroad in Europe to experience history, food, and people in a variety of cultures. Her time spent outside of the United States prompted her to continue her education in a sphere that directly involves people. Her appreciation of culture, and the fact that she finds it generally impossible to go more than two hours without thinking about food, solidified the decision to earn a Masters in Gastronomy from Boston University. Her specialized degree combines social scientific food analysis, policy, and practical knowledge of food and drink, as well as a healthy interest in small scale craft alcohol.

After Ellise’s time in Boston, she found her way back to the West for some food inspired adventures. She eventually came to Varaison Vineyards and Winery where she is immensely enjoying learning and educating about food and wine. She wishes to continuously discover what constitutes good food and drink in various communities and aspires to explore the many relationships that food creates. In the midst of her professional life, she delights in being out of doors with loved ones and especially enjoys having a hot cup of tea, or a good drink, at the end of the day.

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