Born and raised in rural Maine, USA, Lisa graduated from Colby College with degrees in English Literature and Performing Arts. Her wine career began by happenstance when, living as a struggling playwright in London after college, she was offered a job as the manager of a wine bar. Upon acquiring the position, she promptly enrolled for classes at the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) and continued her studies until achieving the institution’s highest accreditation level: Diploma. Lisa progressed through wine sales and marketing roles in the UK wine trade throughout the ‘90s before moving to Tokyo in 2002, where she worked as a wine buyer for one of Japan’s top fine wine importers and a wine educator at Tokyo’s Academie du Vin.
In 2008, Lisa moved to Singapore and began writing a column for Robert Parker’s website, eRobertParker.com. Later that year she achieved her Master of Wine (MW) qualification and the Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in wine tasting. In 2013, she became the Editor-in-Chief for Robert Parker Wine Advocate and RobertParker.com. Lisa’s first book, Taste Like a Wine Critic: A Guide to Understanding Wine Quality, was published in 2015. That year she relocated to Napa, California, to set up the new USA office for Robert Parker Wine Advocate. She is also the publication’s critic for the wines of Bordeaux, Napa Valley and Sonoma County.