Hi! Welcome to my site. I have always been good at eating and drinking and loved to travel. During my years in the high yield bond business, I utilized my expense account to wine and dine clients. I used every minute of my free time to climb mountains (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Huiten in Mongolia, among others), bicycle through wine regions, (Burgundy, Tuscany) mountain bike in Moab and ski, mostly at Snowbird. The outdoors, including vineyards, is one of the places where I thrive. On 9/11, I was on a trek hiking back from K2 basecamp in China, near the Afghan border, in a Muslim area, with Uighurs as porters. I wrote a story called Save the Sheep published in the premier issue of Graze Magazine on thoughts of eating meat while on the trip. I worked tirelessly for Edible Chicago magazine as an “on the ground networker” for local food and the chefs that support the farmers markets. I have written for the Huffpost blog on food issues, blogged for the locavore site the Local Beet . Red Meat Market published my profiles on rock star butchers. I have written for a travel site, In The Know Traveler. Jancis Robinson featured my submission in her writing contest last summer of 2018.
Between being an English major at Dartmouth College (studied in the Loire), and receiving my MBA from the Stern School at NYU (semester abroad in Niigata Japan), I became an information nerd. Years after schooling, post financial jobs, I studied for and passed the Certified Specialist of Wine Exam. Then I began the path of the WSET courses, passing WSET 1,2, 3, now the Diploma of which I am halfway through. I completed the French Wine Scholar and their Burgundy Master Level and Alsace Master Level programs and traveled to Burgundy and Alsace on their study trips. I completed the Italian Wine Specialist Course given by the North American Sommelier Association . I launched this site, Travel By The Glass, because I love travel and I love wine and I love words. The wine in my glass captures the essence of a place. Currently, I work in a very large Italian wine department in Chicago. I hope you enjoy these stories about beautiful wines, places and food and the people behind the vines. Cheers!!!