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MA - Rhetoric & Communications, University of California, Davis 

BA - Rhetoric & Communications, University of California, Davis 

California Preliminary Teaching Credential - Secondary, English, Chapman University

CTEFLA  - Teaching English as a Foreign Language - RSA/ Cambridge, St. Giles, International 


  • IWA – Italian Wine Ambassador – VinItaly Academy, Verona Italy, 2017
  • CSW – Certified Specialist of Wine – Society of Wine Educators, 2010
  • CSS – Certified Specialist of Spirits – Society of Wine Educators, 2012
  • CWAS – California Wine Appellation Specialist – San Francisco Wine School, 2014
  • Teaching Credential, High School English, Preliminary, Chapman University, 2004
  • CTEFLA (Cert. of Teaching English as a Foreign Language) – RSA/Cambridge, 1996
  • SWE - Society of Wine Educators

Mary Beth is a professional wine educator, independent wine consultant, and founder of Crush Course, offering wine training programs, seminars and experiences to trade industry teams and wine enthusiasts.  Before launching her own venture, she enjoyed eleven years as Manager of Wine & Spirits Education for E & J Gallo Winery, developing, conducting and hosting wine and spirits training programs for Gallo’s sales and marketing staff and trade customers worldwide.

She holds several wine certifications, including CWAS-California Wine Appellation Specialist, CSW- Certified Specialist of Wine, and IWA- Italian Wine Ambassador  

Mary Beth holds an MA in Rhetoric & Communications. Prior to entering the wine world, over a number of years she taught courses in Communication Studies at UC Davis, Stanislaus State University and various Junior Colleges in California.  She has held professional careers in sales training, marketing consulting, and communications. Following a desire to live in Europe, she found her way to Italy - and stayed five years – living, teaching and becoming fluent in Italian food, language and their La Dolce Vita. Back in California, she was also a teacher of high school English Literature and Italian language for a few years.  Mary Beth has been living in Healdsburg, Sonoma County wine country since 2007, enjoying our own style of La Dolce Vita.


  • Italian – fluent  /  Spanish – proficient  /  French, Portuguese – literate