Somm With Me

Somm With Me

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Whether she is drinking wine with friends and family, sampling obscure wines with potential buyers, or examining vineyards, Ali Rush Carscaden loves wine and the industry. Ali completed her Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture determined to break into the field of wine. The path to loving and understanding wine first began with a job in the tasting room at Castoro Cellars in Paso Robles.

Upon graduation, she was promoted to assistant marketing manager, exposing her to the sales side of the industry. While learning about the business, Ali gained some insight into the magic of winemaking,  motivating her to get back in school. Within a year, Ali was completing her Master’s degree in Agriculture. Her thesis project for the Paso Robles Wine County Alliance inspired Gary Eberle to hire her for a direct sales management position at Eberle Winery. Yet, when the opportunity came for her to work as a Fine Wine Specialist for the Henry Wine Group, she just couldn’t pass it up. Ali worked for the Henry Wine Group for 6 years and enjoyed added jobs such as teaching a few classes at Cal Poly as well as continuing to be a regular guest speaker. She is now a certified advanced sommelier through the WSET and a certified Somm through the Court of Master Sommeliers. While being the founder,owner/operator of 15c for the past 8 years she is a mother and enjoys leading special trips to France and Spain to enjoy the fruits of her passion’s labor.

Ali Rush Carscaden
owner/certified advanced sommelier

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  • Somm With Me – 04/12/19 – Skurnik Wines
    We got Remmy in from Skurnik Wines talking Rose all day! For those of you not familiar with Skurnik Wines, they are a distribution based out of New York and has recntly made a move here to the Central Coast over the last two years. Remmy breaks down the profile of Skurnik and all they […]
  • Somm With Me – 04/05/19 – Wine Booze & Collaboration
    On this week’s Somm With Me, it’s all about Wine, Booze and collaboration. Niel Roberts of Roberts Vineyards Services and Clavo Cellars, Patrick Brooks of Wine Shine and Don Burns of Turtle Rock are in to talk about just how much work goes into a collaboration and the differences between spirits and wine. Patrick breaks […]
  • Somm With Me – 03/22/19 – Ciel Bleu Events with Azurae Shults
    This week on Somm With Me, Ali has Azurae Shutls, Event Designer and Owner of Ciel Bleu. Wedding season has started! Fun fact, Wedding Season now actually run from the middle/end of March all the way through November now. It’s not just the summer months anymore! Azurae Shutlz discusses just what it takes to put […]
  • Somm With Me – 03/15/19 – Nate of Frontier Coffee in studio
    We’re all about Coffee on this episode of Somm With Me! Ali invites Nate of Fronteir Coffee into the studio to talk all about his background, what brought him to the Central Coast, triathalons and of course coffee! Nate owns and runs Frontier Coffee up in Paso located at 219 B. Easy St. Use code […]
  • Somm With Me – 03/01/19 – Erik Caneda talking Boulevard San Francisco and more
    Erik Cadena joins Ali once again on another episode of Somm With Me! This time, the two previeewed a little bit of World Of Pinot Noir that happened over the past weekend at the Santa Barbara Ritz-Carlton. Ali also catches up with Erik to see what’s new at Boulevard up in San Francisco and he […]
  • Somm With Me – 02/22/19 – World Of Pinot Noir 2019
    It’s all about the World of Pinot Noir on this episode of Somm With Me! Jenna Congdon of Tin Canteen, Samanta Payette of Blue Mango Restaurant Management Group, Robin Puricelli of Lido at Dolphin Bay and Staci Jacobs of Solterra Strategies dish out all the details of wine and parties at the upcoming World of […]
  • Somm With Me – 02/15/19 – Banking and Wine Industry Support
    We got Steve Boneso and Ryan Tanahill in on this episode to talk all about Farming and Production here on the Central Coast. We dig into how Steve and Ryan got their starts in the wine industry and where some of their talents have taken them. We also talk about just how much it takes […]
  • Somm With Me – 02/08/19 – Mike Sinor in studio talking all things Sinor-Lavallee and more
    We got the one and only Mike Sinor of Sinor-Lavallee in the house this week! Talking all about Mike’s background, where he got started in the wine industry and we dive into the more than 20 vintages that Mike has made over the years and more.
  • Somm With Me – 02/01/19 – New York Wines
    We’re all about New York Wines on this episode of Somm With Me! Tim Gabriel, Fine Wine Specialist for the Henry Wine Group brings in some incredible wines for us to taste. Also joining is Carol McDonald of Il Cortile and La Cosecha along with Samantha Payette of Blue Mango. Who would have thought New […]
  • Somm With Me – 01/18/19 – Talking everything Wine with friends
    We got a little bit of everything on this week of Somm With Me! Ali invites her friends Ron Hahn of Be Tru and Scott Labs, Janelle Dusi of Dusi Wines Celeste Hope of Hope Family Wines and Grandpa in to talk everything wine and more. Ali discusses just how Somm With Me started, details […]