Get to Know Us

Our mission at House of Wine is to be perpetual teachers and students of wine science. Essentially we’re addicted to knowledge and passing that “wine wisdom” onto others. Whether conducting tests in the laboratory, researching and implementing new winemaking methodology for a client, or teaching wine professionals and enthusiasts about wine, we believe in the power of learning. And learning is something that we plan to never stop doing.

Our People
Founder, Enologist, Wine Geek.

Kathryn House

Kathryn House is the enologist, viticulturist, and wine educator behind House of Wine. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Horticulture from Washington State University with special emphasis in Viticulture and Enology. Prior to moving to Boise in 2010, Kat worked throughout Washington State including time spent in Walla Walla, Washington with Seven Hills Vineyard and Pepper Bridge Winery and four years with Betz Family Winery in Woodinville, Washington, where she was the Assistant Winemaker from 2006 to 2010.  During this time, Kat was also the instructor for the Viticulture and Wine Chemistry courses at the Northwest Wine Academy, where she furthered her love of adult education.

In 2010, Kat left Washington to explore the Idaho wine country and here, she has found her home. She created House of Wine to fill demand for precise analytical testing, wine production consulting, and wine education. Since 2010 she has worked alongside winemakers and groups teaching numerous seminars enabling growers and producers to increase grape and wine quality.

A perpetual student, Kat continues her pursuit of learning and is a student in the most prestigious (and challenging!) wine education program in the world: Master of Wine.  She holds an Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, is Idaho’s only certified Italian Wine Professional (IWP), and holder of an advanced Rioja DOCa certification.   She has been fortunate to judge several wine competitions including The Sunset International Wine Competition, The Great Northwest Wine Competition, and the Idaho Wine Competition.   She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to combine her love of teaching and learning with the science and production of wine.

Wine Instructor, Rock Nerd

Samantha Bauer

Samantha embarked upon her career in the wine industry somewhat by accident. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., she began work as a geologist for an environmental remediation firm in San Francisco. However, through attending nearly every class and tasting at Bay Grape, a wine shop and bar in Oakland, California, she fell in love with the world of wine and started her career at the shop. While at Bay Grape, she worked as a marketing manager in addition to serving on the floor and teaching wine classes.  Additionally, she served as a wine educator for Hoste Productions in San Francisco.

In 2018 Samantha moved to Boise, Idaho to open the Boise Co-op’s new Uncorked Wine Bar; a compliment to the most acclaimed wine store in the state. As the general manager, beverage director, and social media and special events manager of Uncorked, she is rarely bored.  However, she enjoys continuing her wine education and considers herself a life-long student.

Digital Marketing Strategist

Adriana Ramirez

Adriana is a self-professed wine geek and word nerd who has spent most of her adult life either organizing or attending wine tastings in her spare time. After spending 15 years in sales/account management, she decided to break with a well-worn path and combine her passions for storytelling and wine. So when the chance to tell House of Wine’s story came along, it was a no brainer.

Adriana moved to Boise from New York City in 2018 with her husband and dog. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Digital Marketing certificate from General Assembly. When she’s not drinking wine, she can be found adding it to whatever is simmering on the stove (and sometimes hiking in the foothills).