In 1994 Kristin returned to Michigan to help run the family business, Merchants Fine Wine, one of the largest wine purveyors in the Midwest (founded originally by the Jonna family as Merchant of Vino). In April 2005, she opened her restaurant venture, Vinotecca, a unique wine bar and retail store that both educates customers and celebrates the art of food and wine pairing. Her second wine bar and full-service restaurant, Vinology, opened in Ann Arbor in April 2006. Vinology continues to lead the Ann Arbor wine market with a strong following of regular diners and has become a favorite destination for small weddings, personal and corporate events.
In 2014, Kristin and her team opened, The Bird and The Bread, a European comfort food inspired concept in downtown Birmingham, MI. This restaurant broadened its beverage focus beyond a generous selection of unique wines to include a selection of over 100 beers, craft cocktails, and dozens of specialty spirits.
Kristin has also become a respected speaker on food and wine, both for private and corporate tastings. Her down-to-earth, entertaining style has helped to demystify the often intimidating subject of wine tasting and education. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine by the Society of Wine Educators. She has served as a board member on the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, Associated Food Dealers, Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, and founded one of metro Detroit’s largest wine enthusiast group, the Detroit Wine Organization. She also participates in fundraising for numerous charitable organizations throughout the region.