Sarah R.

How long have you worked here?: December 2018 - present

Where are you from: Originally from Pennsylvania, but I’ve called Virginia my home for the past 6 years until my husband and I decided to relocate to the PNW! Now I’m one of those Portland transplants.

First love of wine: My love of wine came way after my first wine. I used to swear by the sweet stuff (yup, Moscato and White Zin I’m looking at you). When I moved back to Charlottesville, I was working at a very stressful job and spent my free time exploring the wineries in the Monticello AVA. I decided to make it my life goal to visit all of the wineries in Virginia (I’ve only been to about 50 of the 230+). I fell in love with Bordeaux blends immediately and have been smitten ever since. Since then I moved across country for the wine industry, started a blog and instagram account (@sipswithsare) and have been studying for my WSET! Next stop: level 3!

Favorite current wine at Burnt bridge: Currently loving on the Grenaches, the 2016 Malbec and 2016 Merlot!

Favorite wine of all time from Burnt Bridge: I still need to try more vintage wines, but I LOVED the 2010 Merlot and of course, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Favorite wine varietal: As I mentioned before I love Bordeauxs, especially Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, but recently I’ve been getting into Carménère.

Favorite part of working at BB: The community above all else! This isn’t your normal tasting room, this is a place where people can come in and make new friends immediately, while, of course, enjoying a delicious glass of wine.

Favorite event we put on: I love Happy Hour Thursdays at Burnt Bridge, and Thursday’s in general! So many regulars come in on Thursday and we catch up on our weeks. They also get to explore the new wine menu, since the wine tasting menu changes every Thursday.

Favorite Food: Nachos, charcuterie plates (any and all kinds!!) and sushi! I love being in Portland where I get to live out my foodie dreams.

Fun fact/something we don't know about you: When I lived in Charlottesville, my friend and I started our own business! We made dessert hummus (yes! From chickpeas) and it was called ChickPeace.