Who am I and what prompted me to start and continue the Wine, Woman, Travel blog?

In September 2008, after 25 years working in the financial industry and nearly a decade of learning about wine, I wrapped up my last City contract and went to Vosne Romanée to work the harvest at Domaine Anne Gros. Before I left, an acquaintance wrote to wish me well and said, do let us know your blog link… Though I had been writing nearly every day of my life since being given a diary for Christmas as a child, it had never occurred to me to write a blog – bless her for the suggestion, I followed it up and have enjoyed every minute of it ever since.

Pursuing my Passions: Writing, Vineyards, Food and Wine

After that first harvest I resolved to pursue a career in the wine trade. Upon completing the WSET Advanced Certificate course, I knew I wanted to live and work in a wine making region. I spent the summer of 2009 in France and Portugal, and that autumn I re-located to Portugal from England to focus on the wines of the Douro – both Port and Douro DOC.

What began as a record for friends of my learning experience whilst working the 2008 harvest continued as a way of sharing my voyage of discovery as I travelled in 2009 and settled into a new life as a wine writer based in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. My love of wine has led me to learn more about wine and winemaking, food pairing and of course I continue to write about travel and life in Portugal.

Above all, I enjoy sharing my curiousity, learning experience and passion with my readers, talking with all of you and bringing you along with me through my stories.

Since July 2010 I have been writing about the Douro, and Port and Douro wines professionally – see my Portfolio page for full details of my projects, and Services page for information about how I might be able to help you with your own internet marketing, writing and English translation needs.  (Pode ler em Português:  Sobre, Portfólio, Serviços)

Learn Even More

For a much fuller telling of the story about my career change and how I leveraged social media to land my dream job blogging for the top producer of Port wines, read the article How a Dream Blogging Job Found Me which I guest-authored on One Cool Site Blogging Tips. One Cool Site, by the way, is an amazing resource if you are interested in blogging yourself.

If you are wondering about why I made the leap into this, after years in the financial industry, an old blog entry talk about that, called Why on Earth…  or you can look at all the stories in the category My Story.

If you are wondering about the beautiful banner photo, I took that from the summit of Monte Xisto, Mateus Nicolau de Almeida’s beautiful vinyard in the Douro Superior, from which he makes his own Muxagat wines and the João Nicolau de Almeida e Filhos Monte Xisto wines. Read more about Mateus in blog entries about Muxagat and Quinta de Ervamoira. And I used a full, uncropped version of the photo at the end of the article Food and Wine Miscellany.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. I read how you got into the wine-selling business. By coincidence, my partner is cycle touring by himself in France where he cycled through Burgundy and now Provence regions. Clueless dearie, didn’t do enough research in advance. We discovered he had been passing by wineries that are the top grade brands in the world of French red wines….@$500.00CAN per bottle!

    Hope you find your way back to this blog or a different type of blog to post.

    • Hi Jean, thank you for stopping by. I am chuckling at your “clueless dearie” – yes, it is mind boggling how those pretty but perhaps not terribly eye catching plants can yield wines at silly prices – Bordeaux is the extreme, at upwards of $1000 a bottle and the vineyards look like prairies to me. Am working on a slight re-invention here, work going on behind the scenes I hope to launch soon, perhaps in a month or so. Take care!

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