The Grape Journey Begins

Thanks for joining us! I’m beyond excited to dive in and continue the never-ending wine journey alongside my husband and Walter (our mini Goldendoodle). wedding

Who are we? A newlywed couple born & raised in Southern California now living the sunny San Diego lifestyle. Yours truly has a career in finance and works for a digital marketing company and my hubby is a BAMF Navy helicopter pilot. I graduated from Whittier College (go Poets!) with a degree in Philosophy and Political Science. My love of wine stemmed from countless girls’ nights at home with my sister whilst binge watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. The hubs is a US Naval Academy grad and studied Astronautical Engineering (he’s crazy smart, it’s v attractive). His enthusiasm for wine runs in the family – shout out to my in-laws for this – loving wine was a pre-requisite for marrying me! We’re truly a match made in wino heaven. 

We love to travel & taste varietals from all over the world and will combine the two any chance we get. We’ve sipped our way through Tuscany, pilgrimaged to the Wachau Valley, tasted with Eduardo on the beachfront in Mexico, and frequently visit the greatest of them all… Napa Valley! Our aspiration is to continue to travel to historic wine destinations & discover lesser known regions as well!

While we love the thrill of traveling abroad, Napa has drawn our interest and captured our heart. Maybe it’s because we’re CA natives and feel a kinship. Maybe it’s because that’s where we first realized how fascinating the science behind wine-making can be. Perhaps it’s the hospitality, passion, history, and accessibility that draws us in – or all of the above! With over 400 vineyards, Napa is our happy place. From drinking Kathryn Hall on our wedding day to toasting with Mumm’s DVX bubbles when we closed escrow, Napa vineyards produce more than just great wine. They produce memories that will last a lifetime, long after the bottle is empty. mumm beach

We hope you enjoy our stories, opinions, and experiences. We love connection and making new friends, so please feel encouraged to reach out anytime!

Thanks for sipping with us,

The Social Grapes

IG:  @smashleythegrape

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