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…

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,…

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…

Before Going Abroad for Months, Read This

A year ago around this time I was more than halfway through seven months abroad l and was losing it: a little bit of sanity, a couple of suitcase wheels, and any illusions I ever had that months of travel was easy. I was pretty broken on a plane at this point, but wanted to…

Much Work, Much Wine, Much Life

Hey all! Sorry it’s been a while. Many things have happened in the past few months and I’ve sort of been riding the wave until it all settled out. So here’s what’s new: I have two new, wonderful jobs. Gerrit got a year-long position in Napa. The new apartment Caitlin and I moved into in…

8 Great Things I Do Between Jobs

Yesterday I started my first big girl job ever. Pretty rad, I know. But for the past month, or two or three, I had been spiraling trying to figure out what was next, praying for an interview. But it turns out, my time wasn’t wasted. While I may have watched slightly more Netflix than usual,…

7 Women Inspiring Me Today

Girls rule. A lot has happened in the past year that has brought us together to rally around each other, and although not always under the best circumstances I’m here for it. So it being International Women’s Day and all, I thought I’d take a moment and recognize a few boss babes inspiring me today….

Like a Phoenix

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! Harvest’ll do that to you. In a week though I’ll be done at Staglin! After the fires everything flew by faster than I could have imagined. We’re just now getting back to 8 hour days which is both wonderful and heartbreaking since it means it’s all coming to…

Harvest Take 3: A Valley Inflamare

A week ago, I was planning on writing about how harvest at Staglin was going. It was in the middle of the busiest week I’ve ever worked–13 to 16 hour days every day–and I had no idea when my next day off would be. We were cranking out tons of grapes and our tanks were…

Trust Your Knots, Trust Yourself: Vintage Part III

We made it. It’s over. Well not really but Gerrit and I are peacing to Bali so basically. It’s funny how life works out. Last fall I applied to jobs in Australia for about two weeks and then changed my mind. My plan was to stay and take winemaking classes at the local college, but…