Alex Harner

I'm a certified sommelier; I write about wine, I market wine, I sell wine, and most importantly, I drink wine. I started Wine Thumb to share the wines I love to drink, and how I love to drink them. 

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My previous profession as a dancer brought me from California to New York City where I ended up (as most performers do) in the world of fine dining. Here I quickly discovered my affinity for wine was much stronger than originally thought. I got my start in the wine industry at NYC’s Tinto Fino, a wine shop that focused exclusively on the wines of Spain. This shop gave me the opportunity to understand the uniqueness of each viticultural region, and the vast diversity one country can offer. Because of this shop I became dedicated to the wines of Spain and gained a deeper love and understanding of wine in general. I went on to pursue my Sommelier certification through the WSETs Advanced Course, and continued to work as a Sommelier and wine buyer for the next 4 years before my transition to Napa Valley. 

I am passionate about evoking the excitement for wine culture. Every wine has a story, I tell that story through visuals, and a unique perspective. I believe in wine as a lifestyle; there is everyday romance that can be found in a bottle of wine with dinner.