Hi! Welcome to my site. I have always been good at eating and drinking and loved to travel. During my time in the high yield bond business, I used my free time to climb mountains, bicycle through wine regions, mountain bike and ski. 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 northwestern China (Kashgar), 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 trek. I worked tirelessly in sales and events 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 2018 and 2020 summer writinbg competitions.
An English major at Dartmouth College (studied in the Loire), MBA from the Stern School at NYU (semester abroad in Niigata Japan), I have always been an information nerd. 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, French Wine Scholar and their Burgundy Master Level and Alsace Master Level programs (traveled to Burgundy and Alsace on their study trips), Italian Wine Specialist Course . I launched this site, Travel By The Glass, because I love travel, wine, words. I truly believe if chosen carefully the wine in my glass captures the essence of a place. I worked at Eataly Chicago for 2 years in Italian wine and food nirvana, part-time at Coopers Hawk Winery and Restaurant at the Esquire on Oak St in Chicago. Covid put a damper on things and while still on Covid furlough from both jobs, I took a job at Binnys Lincoln Park, the largest wine seller in the midwest. I still work with Italian white wines, thankfully and French wines. I hope you enjoy these stories about beautiful wines, places and food and the people behind the vines. Cheers!!!