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