Mary Battenhouse, MW, Instructor
Originally a student of painting, sculpture, and business, Mary Battenhouse found herself drawn to the restaurant arena. This led to studying at the Culinary Institute of America and cooking in Atlanta, New Orleans, and New York City. Eventually, Mary found her way to wine, and worked for Joshua Wesson at Best Cellars, Drew Nieporent and David Gordon at the Tribeca Gill, and Paul Liebrandt at Corton and at the Elm.
After leaving restaurants, Mary immersed herself in wine distribution and management, ultimately landing her current position at Jackson Family Wines as the National Director of Wine Education and the Ambassador for Oregon Wines. She is also a Partner in WineRing, a technology company that has developed a wine recommendation system based on consumers’ own personal preferences.
Mary earned the WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits at International Wine Center in 2002 and became a Master of Wine in 2015. As an instructor at IWC, most of her teaching is for students of WSET Level 4 Diploma Courses.