Dinah was born on the beautiful Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago. She moved to the US when she was 11 years old and settled down in Northern Virginia at the age of 13 with her older sister and mother. At an early age, Dinah could be found shadowing her mother in the kitchen. Her mother has since passed away, but Dinah came to appreciate the way her mom showed her love for those around her through food and entertaining; a passion that will continue to live on in her life.
Dinah was attending Virginia Tech (VT)when her love affair with wine began. In 2006, as a student, she worked for the Hotel & Tourism Department at VT and as a banquet manager for The Inn at Virginia Tech, then ran by Hilton Hotels. It was in those positions that she was introduced to the world of wine through event tastings and seasonal selections. It wasn’t until she graduated, however, and moved back to the Fairfax area that a piqued interest in wine turned into a love and career.
In 2008, as a recent college graduate, Dinah walked into a quaint little wine bar bistro known as The Wine House where she met the owner, Michael Pearce. To say the rest is history would be an understatement. She began as a server and within a year was promoted to General Manager. Michael and Dinah quickly became friends. He took her under his wing and helped develop her palate, understanding, and love for wine. As her knowledge of wine grew, so did her interest in food and wine pairings. Dinah already had an appreciation for food and hospitality, which she learned from her mother. To combine that family tradition with her new career in the wine industry was a perfect pairing.
Over her nine years at The Wine House, Dinah has grown into her role as General Manager. She supervises day-to-day business, hires and trains staff, conducts event planning, and, most importantly, continues to grow her knowledge of wine. In 2014, Dinah traveled to Spain, one of her favorite wine regions, on behalf of The Wine House. The trip, hosted by The Country Vintner, was a five-star experience into a world of food and wine. Although wine was the major focus of the trip, food was a strong component. Upon returning to work, Dinah was eager to introduce her newfound knowledge in flavorful wine and food pairings to The Wine House menu.
In 2015, Dinah married longtime boyfriend, Joel Herring. In April 2018, they welcomed their first child, a son, Logan William and in 2021, welcomed daughter, Cameran Lydia. She holds her WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 3 with Merit. Dinah enjoys being a part of The Wine House family, expanding her friendship and wine knowledge with Michael, and looks forward to what the future may bring both personally and professionally.