Kitti has been involved in the wine industry since 1988 beginning as a buyer for Ogletree’s Metal Fabrication in St. Helena, CA. She learned procurement by supplying the steel, stainless steel, aluminum and copper raw materials for use in the wine business.
She then spent about 20 years in winery tasting rooms as a tour guide, Tasting Room Manager and finally as the buyer of goods for retail and Marketing promotions. Kitti had the opportunity to make some interesting technological and procedural advances in this growing industry such as directly purchasing domestic and imported goods and the policy of giving away a glass with a tasting. This resulted in less labor and a great reminder of the visit to any winery to be taken home.
Some of the large wineries she purchased for are:
Mount Veeder Winery
Columbia Winery (Washington State)
Other professional interests have been real estate, merchandising displays and car rental.
Currently Kitti has been teaching and learning about wine and hospitality in Europe, Asia and at home. She has been consulting in retail and hospitality for wineries and hotels.
E. M. Kitti Stuart