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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.

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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.

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Executive Assistant

Tana McDonald

Tana relocated to the Treasure Valley area in July 2019 upon completion of dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Government & International Politics and Criminology, Law & Society. As a student, Tana’s interest in wine was first peaked after spending a semester abroad in Australia. This propelled her to landing a position as a part-time tasting room assistant at Paradise Springs Winery in Northern Virginia. While working at the winery she assisted in the tasting room, at events, and gave tours. Upon leaving the DC area, she wanted to continue learning and exploring the ever-changing world of wine.

In July of 2019, Tana made the move to Boise, Idaho where she is teaching Middle School Special Education in the Treasure Valley. With this move came more opportunities and Tana is now the Executive Assistant at House of Wine where she can continue her own wine education as well as learn more about the industry. She is looking forward to seeing what wine Idaho has to offer!

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Course Educator

John Ospina

John is an avid cyclist, wine enthusiast and collector. A long-time resident of WA he spent 13 years volunteering at Betz Family Winery helping out in all aspects of the winery; harvest, bottling and his favorite pouring wine and talking with like-minded customers during wine releases. John enjoyed learning about wine so much that he sought to formalize his education and enrolled in the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in 2008 where he worked through Level 3 graduating with honors in 2009. But that was only the beginning, John continued his education by enrolling in the Wine Scholar Guild in 2018 completing his education in 2020 with becoming an Italian, Spanish and French Wine Scholar also graduating with high honors in all three. John’s true passion is sharing and experiencing wine with people who are also passionate about wine. John recently relocated to the Treasure Valley area with his family and took that opportunity to reconnect with Kat who he met at Betz Family Winery. John is new to teaching but feels it is a natural evolution and is excited about sharing what he has learned.

Most days you can find John out riding his bike in the Boise foothills of which a reward at the end of a long ride is a nice glass of wine.

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