About Kavitha Raghavan
I am Kavitha - originally from the southernmost state (Tamil Nadu) of India. I was raised entirely in the capital city of Chennai (used to be known as Madras). I came to the US a decade a few years ago to pursue my Masters in Electrical Engineering (E.E). After completing that, I moved to the Golden state looking for a job - hoping that will help payback my humongous student loans. My hopes paid off. But strangely enough, something else that I least expected also happened – the Silicon Valley known for its startups, technology and venture capitalists is also famous for its infective wine bug. And I was no exception - I was bitten, smitten and enamored intensely by this intriguing beverage, especially coming from a culture that had very little exposure to this. What began as fun trips to the wine country and exotic food & wine pairing experiences in the great city of San Francisco… slowly transformed in to something more deep and passionate than just a fun hobby. As a result, for over 4 years now, I have been actively pursuing both academic and hands-on experience in wine. On the academic front, first I passed the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) exam (with a 94%) through the Society of Wine Educators (SWE). Next, I passed the Certified Sommelier (level 2) exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS). For being hands-on, I worked part-time as a wine bar associate in wine bars in the south bay and the city. In parallel, I have also been doing some ‘product development’ in my favorite domain of pairing Indian food and vino. And this I have been serving at Indian Paradox popups in the SF bay area.