2020 Check-In: Vows, Virus and Vino Oh My

Written August 31st, 2020 It’s been a year, hasn’t it? It’s also been quite a while since I’ve shared any personal updates on here. I don’t really have the bandwidth or desire to really get into all of it, but let’s get some things straight for posterity’s sake. I broke it down month by month…

21 Black-Owned Wineries with Vegan Wines

Hi all, it’s been a minute. Or 621,000 of them to be exact. We’re in a really interesting time right now in terms of COVID-19 and the wine industry, but that’s not what this post is about. In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, I present the resource I was seeking but could not…

Amazon Green: 5 Ways to Lessen Your Impact Shopping Online

Groceries aside, when I do shop for a particular product it’s almost always online. And while the jury’s still out on whether shopping online vs. in store is better for the environment, if you are buying things online there are certainly ways to be more conscious about your purchases! One thing I’ve been working on…

7 Things to Pack for a Weekend in Napa

If you’ve never been here, it can be hard to know just what to bring to make your weekend in wine country the best it can be! Northern California weather can be somewhat temperamental, and if you plan on wine tasting all day and staying up late your body may need a little extra support….

5 Things You Need to Know Before Wine Tasting in Napa

As someone who’s spent a fair amount of time out tasting (and working a tasting room) in Napa Valley, I can honestly say it’s not what you’d expect. Glitz and wine-filled glamour? Sure! But to make the most of it, it takes a little more preparation than just showing up day of ready to drink….

How I Ended Up in the Wine Industry

Originally published on Jancis Robinson. Some people study it, others are born into it, and some take windy, windy roads before they end up in it, but everyone in the wine industry is here for a reason. I myself did not grow up in a wine family. I was raised in Los Angeles, and the…

Top 4 Wineries with Views in Sonoma County

The more I see of Sonoma County the more I fall in love. Working for Bottle Barn I’ve had the privilege of exploring more than I ever had before, and both the wines I taste and people I meet are outstanding. More surprisingly however has been the breathtaking landscapes. Sonoma County itself is pretty vast,…

Life, Luck, and a Legit Women’s Watch

Call it kismet, karma or fate, but sometimes I feel oddly lucky. Take this morning for example. I was halfway to work before I realized I desperately needed gas and there wasn’t anything for 20 miles. Luckily I made it to a station, but then immediately realized I had left my wallet at home. Yes,…

5 Reasons to Clean Up Your Make-Up Bag Stat

If I could stress one thing to the American people (besides general human decency and environmental awareness), it’s that you are both what you put on and in your body. Somehow we’ve lost sight of what’s important and instead began to prioritize saving money at the expense of our health and the wellbeing of the…

Deep Thoughts on Your Early 20s

I spent five of the most formative years of my life in Boston, Massachusetts. At this point, besides the town I grew up in it is still the longest I have lived anywhere. It very much made me who I am today, and I absolutely love it to pieces. But with this most recent visit…