Emmie was born in Isparta, Turkey. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy from Gazi University, Ankara, she moved to California in 1977. Emmie received a second Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University in 1981 and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley in 1983.
Emmie’s professional career has involved her in a number of business start-ups, including early childhood development programs, temporary employment for early childhood teaching professionals, vocational teacher training and, since 2000, Emmie has managed her own home health care agency. More recently, she has turned her attention to a life-long passion – wine! She is currently practicing as an ambassador for a well-known group of wineries and specializes in arranging private wine-tasting and education events for small groups. She also conducts wine tours of the Santa Clara wineries. At present, Emmie is continuing her studies towards diploma through WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust.) Emmie can also be found assisting in the tasting room of local wineries.
Advanced certification in wine & spirits
WSET Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Certified Tour Director/ Guide
ITMI – International Tour Management Institute