How did you get into wine?
While living in San Francisco after college, I had access to a vast selection of wine at local wine bars and wineries, which really opened up my eyes to the world of wine. I soon realized I was not only interested in drinking wine, but I wanted to learn more and more about it. A short time later, I decided to pursue my sommelier certification and haven’t looked back since!
What is your experience with wine?
I am a Certified Specialist of Wine and a Certified Sommelier, and have worked with wine on and off since 2010. My first job in the wine world was working as the Tasting Room & Events Manager at a boutique winery. A couple of years later, I started my blog and worked with a few wineries doing copywriting and marketing. For the past couple of years, I’ve written a wine column in the Santa Barbara Sentinel and do freelance writing for blogs, magazines and online publications while continuing blogging and consulting. Check out my portfolio for more!
How did you get started with blogging?
My friends would constantly ask me for advice on which wineries to visit, what to pair with certain foods, and other wine and travel-related questions. After a while, a couple of friends suggested I start a blog so they could follow along without having to ask the same questions over and over. I was a complete novice, as I wasn’t a blog reader, so it’s been quite a learning experience!
What kind of camera do you use?
The majority of my photos are taken with my Canon Rebel T3i. I also take photos with my iPhone and Nikon Coolpix AW130. All pics my own unless stated!
Do you use Photoshop?
Nope, I don’t manipulate my photos for my blog. I just use the occasional filter on Instagram!
What’s your favorite wine?
Impossible to pick just one! I love Champagne, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc… I could go on and on. I pick my favorite wine based on my mood, what I’m eating, and/or the weather.
Where’s your favorite place you’ve been?
I have a soft spot for Italy, but I really enjoyed New Zealand and Portugal! Just like wine, it’s impossible to pick a favorite.