Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ reminded me that it was three years ago, December 3, 2013 that I accepted my first full-time job in the wine business at a winery in the Napa Valley. At the time, I was not-so-gainfully unemployed after eleven months of severance and part-time work. I had been offered the job before … More My ‘Winestory’
Yesterday, I participated in a Facebook dialogue about the relevance of wine blog awards. Someone commented, Wine blogging is still a thing? I replied yes with a quick why. But, more about that reply later. Wine blogging, or as I like to call it, wine writing, is one of the top three game changers of my life. When … More Thoughts on this Fifth Anniversary of Traveling Wine Chick
I had the opportunity to preview American Wine Story the weekend of October 10-12, 2014, and after viewing it, I saw bits and pieces of myself in the movie. I moved to Napa, California nine months ago, my own leap of faith after a divine storm that shook me awake from my comfortable, yet unsatisfying … More American Wine Story: A Review
During my second and final day of Livermore Valley’s Taste Our Terroir, sponsored by Visit Tri-Valley, I had the great honor of visiting McGrail Vineyards and experiencing From Vine to Glass: Through the Winemaker’s Eyes with winemaker Mark Clarin. What made this visit so special is that Mark is passionate about Livermore Valley and winemaking. He … More Taste Our Terroir Part 3: McGrail Vineyards
On February 22, 2014, I had the pleasure of chatting with The Iowa Wino, Dan Goderis, on Blog Talk Radio about my journey to Napa. You can also catch up with Dan on Twitter. I hope that you will listen and remember that you can have anything you want, as long as you have the … More The Move To Napa: Chatting with Elizabeth Smith on Blog Talk Radio
No, it’s not a just a trip, but it’s a brand new life for me! Taking off the end of 2013 really allowed me to relax and open my heart and mind. When my part-time wine business employment ended, I didn’t panic, but just decided to breathe. I reached out to my wine and travel … More Napa, here I come!
Many of you know that I am one of the early members of the the Passaggio Wines Passionistas Wine Club. I’ve also been a fan of the Passaggio Wines since around 2009 or 2010 when I discovered Passaggio via Twitter. Winemaker and owner Cynthia Cosco has been a friend of mine for just as long. She’s … More Sunshine in a Glass: 2012 Passaggio New Generation Pinot Grigio