Shanti’s love of wine followed her love of food. She graduated from The Evergreen State College where she studied evolutionary biology and animal behavior. With academia on her mind, and the woods of the pacific northwest in her heart, she followed her post collegiate tides to a small town on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Quite unexpectedly, it was here that she found her passion for the local food movement and love of hospitality. Beginning in the farmer’s markets of Seattle and Port Townsend, she was quickly swept up by the world of farm-to-table restaurants.
In 2013 she returned to the place of her birth and upbringing—the beautiful state of Colorado. Always a lover of drinking wine, it wasn’t until her work at The Kitchen in Boulder, that she began to learn the intricacies of the wine world and all it has to offer. She fell hard for the whimsical and complex wines of small producers all over the world. To this day she is stunned by the ability of wine to express a sense of place and bring those enjoying it together in a meaningful and unique way. She has a particular affinity for naturally made wines and those that transcend the expectations of their origins.
She joined the Southeast Wine Collective team shortly after moving to Portland in the fall of 2016. For her, it has been the perfect culmination of her work in the industry—exceptional and thoughtful food paired with a (massive) dynamic and creative wine list surrounded by endless opportunities to continue her wine education.When not at the collective, you may find Shanti tail running in Forest Park with her beloved malamute Mika, fiddling about in her vegetable garden or trying to get out of town for a few days to sleep outside.