"Uber-auctioneer" -Decanter Magazine Jan. 2014

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About Ursula
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“…truly an exceptional auctioneer.” Robert Mondavi

Ursula has been standing at a podium from the very start of her career at Christie's in New York. Ursula worked as a furniture and decorations generalist until Christie’s called upon her to actualize her passion for the grape. In the mid-1990's Ursula established Christie's New York wine department along with their original auction partner Zachys, the Scarsdale, NY fine wine mega-retailer. The Zachys-Christie’s New York wine auctions set new standards for the American wine auction market. Ursula eventually left Christie's and jumped into the high adventures of the dot.com arena. Her pioneering interest in online wine auctions prompted Wine Spectator to profile Ursula in its article "The Changing Face of Auctions."

Over the years, Ursula has been invited to work most of the country's top ten benefit wine auctions. Ursula became the first woman to take the rostrum at the world famous Napa Valley Wine Auction and appeared annually through 2013. Ursula works personally with record-holding baseball player Rusty Staub, presiding each year over his foundation’s wine auction as well as with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse wielding the gavel for his foundation's top-10 grossing charity events. She has worked with Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, Heather Locklear and Teri Hatcher, each celebrity jumping on her stage to spice up the auction action. In addition to banging a gavel, Ursula has spoken at a number of wine conferences and symposia, including the Aspen Food & Wine Festival, The International Pinot Noir Celebration and the American Institute of Wine and Food National Convention. Ursula has been featured on CNN’s Marketplace and is a frequent guest on various radio shows dealing with wine and its investment potential. Additionally, you will have seen her profiled in Wine Spectator, Decanter, Wine & Spirits, Drinks, Town & Country, and Glamour magazines. Often called upon to comment on women’s position in the wine world, her comments are found in a recent Time.com article on wine marketing to women. Along with the wine world’s most influential figures in the international wine scene, Ursula is included in Ann B. Matasar’s, Women of Wine (University of California Press). Vanity Fair magazine included her as a definition in their 2005 Wine Snob’s Dictionary.

From 2006 - 2010, Ursula held the position as Estate Manager at California's most elusive wine property Screaming Eagle. She was chosen for this position by the new owner who recognized that her connection to the Napa Valley, as well as her experience of the world's finest wine, was a perfect fit oversee the continuation of excellence. Ursula holds the position of Senior Advisor and Principal Auctioneer for Wally's Auctions. Since their Inaugural auction held at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, Wally's, the exclusive Los Angeles mega-retailer, has become a considerable force in the Fine and Rare Wine Auction Market, winning several of the most important consignments in recent memory.  Ursula also joined the award winning St Regis Deer Valley, Utah, as their exclusive Wine Ambassador, developing and hosting special wine tastings and dinners for the hotel's guests. Named by both Travel & Leisure and Conde Nash Traveler magazines as one of the World's Best Hotels, the St Regis's J&G Grill is also the receipient of the Wine Spectator's Best of Award for their stellar wine list.
Ursula is also the author of The Wine Lovers Guide to Auctions: The Art & Science of Buying and Selling Wine (Square One Publishers).