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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 – Final Episode 9/27/19 – New Zealand Wines with Jules Taylor
    In her final episode of Somm With Me, Ali talks with New Zealand Winemaker, Jules Taylor and Lauren Todd of Maritime Wine Company. As harvest is done in New Zealand, Jules Taylor pays a visit to Paso Robles to share her wines and enjoy the Central Coast. Lauren pours some great Jules Taylor wines including […]
  • Somm With Me – 08/16/19 – Breaking Down Spain with Anna Davis and Brandy Bell
    Ali breaks down Spain once again! Only this time Anna Davis, Ali’s first ever emplyee at 15C, along with Brandy Bell. The ladies break down all that Spain has to offer and Ali talks about her time growing up and spending every other summer in the country.
  • Somm With Me – 08/09/19 – Uncorked Wine Tours with Katie Hayward
    It’s all about Uncorked Wine Tours on Somm With Me this week! Ali has her friend Katie Hayward, Founder of Uncorked Wine Tours in studio talking all about what UWT has to offer along with hearing the story of how it all started! Katie also tells us some her not so fun tours that she’s […]
  • Somm With Me – 08/02/19 – Spain Trip Pt 2 Day by Day Breakdown
    Ali breaks down her recent Spain trip day by day in this episode of Somm With Me!
  • 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 […]