On February 4, 2016, I was invited again to participate in the Snooth Wine Writer Round-Up after having participated since September 2015. Of course I said yes, and was thrilled to discover that the first topic of the year was to write about my most favorite wine vacation destination. There have been so many wonderful wine-themed trips the past seven years, including international trips Mendoza, Argentina, and the Okanagan, British Columbia. I was very close to writing about one of these destinations when it hit me. My first wine vacation destination, Napa and Sonoma in March 2009, was the beginning of a great love affair which changed my life.
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Elizabeth Smith is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. She is a Virginia community college French and Spanish professor turned California wine industry professional turned financial relationship manager. Her experience includes relationship and membership management, direct-to-consumer sales, freelance writing, social media marketing, travel management, and community college education. Elizabeth holds a doctoral degree in community college and foreign language education from George Mason University, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in French from The University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Western Carolina University, and Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s advanced wine certification. Elizabeth won the 2017 Born Digital Wine Award for Best Tourism Content with a Focus on Wine for her piece entitled, Lodi: Beyond the Zinfandel. As a previous winner, she served as a judge for the 2018 Born Digital Wine Awards. Elizabeth’s passions include travel, tourism, craft beverages, food, and fitness. She is always on the move to new destinations and loves discovering inspirational stories and places to share. View all posts by Elizabeth