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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 – 05/10/19 – Rare and Obscure Wines with Jenna Congdon
    On this week’s episode with Somm With Me, Jenna Congdon is in studio talking on educating consumers on rare and obscure wines. Jenna goes over some of the wines currently in her portfolio and how buyers tend to react to some of the wines. Jenna also goes over some of the farming practices that go […]
  • Somm With Me – 05/03/19 – Fair Time Is Fun Time!
    We’re gearing up for the fair this week on Somm With Me! Mike Dawson from Solterra Strategies and Max from Bethel Road in talking all about the Central Coast Wine Competition and Get Crafty California events coming up at the California Mid State Fair this year. Winemakers are encouraged to enter the CCWC where your […]
  • Somm With Me – 04/26/19 – Tis the season for Spring Wines!
    It’s all about Spring Wines which means Rose all day baby! On this episode of Somm With Me, Ali and friends discuss all the wines out now to try and enjoy with the beautiful spring weather. Samantha Payette of Blue Mango Restaurants, Sommelier Jenna Congdon and Tim Gabriel of Winebow also join in on the […]
  • Somm With Me – 04/19/19 – Sherman Smoot and Betsy’s Bisquit Bomber
    Sherman Smoot of Bella Luna Winery joins Ali to talk about his embarking on a special journey across the Atlantic to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, better known as D-Day. Sherm will fly a C-47, named Betsy’s Bisquit Bomber on the same route that US planes flew during the actual invasion […]
  • 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 […]