Erin fell in love with wine as soon as she was legally old enough to drink and started learning more about the wine making process and the varieties of wine on the market. She moved to Northern California in 2007 just to be closer to Napa and the surrounding wine countries there. Erin had hoped to attend UC Davis’ winemaking program until she realized chemistry was a key component in the degree — a subject she absolutely struggles with. Instead of torturing herself with chemistry courses, she began volunteering in a tasting room on the weekends. The winemaker taught her a lot about wine and the winemaking process. Deep down, she still holds on to the dream of becoming a winemaker one day, but for now, she just drinks a lot of wine and writes about her experiences.
In February 2014, Erin received her Certified Specialist in Wine (CSW) Certification from the Society of Wine Educators. She is planning to study for the WSET courses in London soon as well. She’s been asked several times why she does not sit for the sommelier exam, but aside from not being in one location long enough to complete the weekly course meetings, Erin prefers to focus more on the history and technical aspects of wine versus the service industry aspects.
Previously, Erin served as the Old World Wine Editor for Suite 101. She’s written articles on wine on her culinary travel blog, Our Tasty Travels, as well as posts for other sites.