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 continues to appear annually. In June 2013, Ursula worked the stage with to hammer down the largest Napa Valley Wine Auction
total to date: $16.9 million - the country's largest benefit wine auction total in history. Ursula works personally with record-holding
baseball player Rusty Staub, presiding each year over his foundation’s wine auction, which is the country’s fourth
largest. Ursula has also joined forces with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse to wield the gavel for his foundation. 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.
- 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 owners 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.
She is also the author
of The Wine Lovers Guide to Auctions: The Art & Science of Buying and Selling Wine (Square One Publishers).