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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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Instructor

Michelle Leonardson

Michelle is a wine steward, educator, and enthusiast from Boise, Idaho. As the host of the Where the Wine Is Podcast and Blog, she is a strong advocate for Idaho wine.  Michelle is also the Beer and Wine Manager at Albertsons Market Street where she oversees the largest selection of beer and wine in the Northwest.

In 2016 Michelle became a Certified Specialist of Wine and is devoted to sharing her passion through her at work.  As a lifelong Idahoan, she is especially interested in Idaho wine and loves to pass on her knowledge. Michelle often works under the watchful gaze of her cat, GoGo, and takes lots of breaks to spend time with her husband Nick, and their gentle giant of a dog, Lindsay.

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