Three years ago, I reviewed the movie American Wine Story, a documentary that follows the story of Oregon’s Brooks family (Brooks Wines) as well as others in the United States who have decided to leave their secure careers to follow their passion for winemaking. Such is the story of former Texas natives and owners, Randy and Brooke Hester, who decided to take their own leap of faith to create Lightning Wines.
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Elizabeth Smith is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. She is a Virginia community college French and Spanish professor turned wine industry professional turned traveling media specialist, writer, and consultant. While living and working in the Napa Valley, Elizabeth has broadened her professional experience to include content creation, writing, marketing, public relations, social media, management, direct-to-consumer sales, and customer service. Elizabeth holds a doctoral degree in community college and foreign language education from George Mason University as well as Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s advanced wine certification. She produces content for American Winery Guide, Drizly, MonthlyClubs.com, Plum Deluxe, Snooth, The SOMM Journal, Travelfood Curated Wines, Wine Industry Network Advisor, and her website, travelwinechick.com. 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.” Elizabeth's passions include travel, tourism, craft beverages, food, fun, 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