s i r s e e | the gift

My winemaking project is evolving!

10 Reasons Why Making Your First Wine is Like Traveling to an Unfamiliar Country

Over time, I've become familiar with certain steps in the winemaking process by working with my employer--sampling grapes, doing punchdowns, or cleaning tanks. Yet I had never experienced it in such detail until last week, when I harvested my own fruit and began my own winemaking project. In my mind, I'm on a journey. I've landed in a thick jungle and I've gotta make my … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Making Your First Wine is Like Traveling to an Unfamiliar Country

Feast it Forward

Mentors, teachers, inspirations: they make my world go ’round. It’s not everyday you find a person chasing their dreams fully and unabashedly.  Katie Hamilton Shaffer is a social entrepreneur operating a philanthropic lifestyle brand in Napa called Feast it Forward. I was lucky enough to sit down over breakfast with her recently for an interview. Afterward, I shared her story in this piece … Continue reading Feast it Forward

Owning It

"You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness." ~Brene Brown * "Applause, applause, applause." ~Iona, Pretty in Pink  In eighth grade, I strolled into the Laura Ashley boutique at Crabtree Valley Mall and plucked up a flat-brimmed straw sailor hat with a black band. I envisioned … Continue reading Owning It