August 19, 2009
A quick chat with Tammi Ramsey from "The Winemakers"

This week's "Wine Buzz" captured the scene from last week's casting call of "The Winemakers" at 58 Degrees & Holding Co. 15 hopefuls, some of whom waited for up to four hours to land their audition, were vying for the final slot on this show. But that honor went to Tammi Ramsey, who traveled from Fremont to audition and secure her spot for season 2 of "The Winemakers," an upcoming reality show on PBS.

We got a phone call from Tammi, who's already survived the first round of eliminations on the show, and will be off for filming in France in about a month. Tammi can't divulge much of how the taping's going - you know how non-disclosure agreements can go - but overall she's very stoked.

Tammi moved to California from Indiana about four years ago to chase her dream of becoming a winemaker. By day she's a recruiter in the financial industry, but much of her spare time is dedicated to making vino. She's also studied winemaking at UC Davis.

"It was a hobby that turned into an obsession pretty quickly," she says.

If Tammi survives the show's challenges and emerges as the winning winemaker, she'll have an opportunity to launch her own label and ship 15,000 cases of the wine. But making it to the finish line will be tough, with a pool of competitors who come from all aspects of the wine industry.

"I think I'll do well," says Tammi. "I don't come from the wine industry, so I think I bring a fresh perspective. I would love to last three or four more eliminations, but making it even this far is a true blessing."

Follow her on Twitter @grapejuiceone

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