Wine Sisterhood Gathering 2013: The Celebration, The Friendships, The Reunion
Since attending the Wine Sisterhood Gathering in March of 2012 in Napa, a lot of the ways in which I view and approach wine has changed.
It might have something to do with having been immersed in everything wine-related for three days and surrounded by friendly wine enthusiasts that were nothing like the “enthusiasts” I have often met at wine bars in NYC. Everyone I met at Napa – from the owners and managers of vineyards, to the community of wine bloggers, reviewers and writers – was incredibly sweet and approachable, eager to share their history and knowledge, and excited to just raise a glass with me and share a few laughs, along with some pretty incredible meals, in between.
The result was a renewed sense of curiosity for wine because I got to listen to those who have dedicated their lives and careers to delivering the best Napa Valley has to offer, and that passion is quite inspiring. The ladies behind the Wine Sisterhood compliment the experience with their welcoming smiles and warm personalities. Since then I don’t turn away red wines, have joined several wine clubs, and am not at all intimidated by walking into a wine shop full of questions before I purchase my wines – which I also enjoy more on any occasion (or non-occasion).
The Wine Sisterhood Gathering is small – 40 people total – making it a very personal and very sweet experience. Sharing a ride with fellow attendees from San Francisco airport to Napa Valley is a wonderful way to connect (as well as save on rental costs since you won’t need the car again while there until it’s time to head back to the airport).
The event hosts are co-authors Aliza Sherman, the ultimate Web pioneer and Wine Sisterhood’s Digital Diva and media personality and blogger Danielle Smith from ExtraordinaryMommy.com, Bliss TV and more. I consider them both friends and are incredible social media resources and beautiful people. They, along with the co-founders of Wine Sisterhood, provided me and others with a one-of-a-kind introduction to Napa, wine and access to the sights and people behind the scenes of many of the labels I have fallen in love with since.
Being in Napa feels like a world away from all the stress of my every day life and I am excited to return and see so many of my friends as well as meet new ones. The 2013 Wine Sisterhood Gathering is taking us back to a couple of spots that I really enjoyed discovering and some pretty great news spots too. The schedule is packed but never so rushed that you can’t take in the moment.
If you’re a wine-enthusiast, and even if you are just trying things out as I was when I first went, you will enjoy the details of every activity scheduled. It’s a fun, relaxed, and at times overwhelmingly breathtaking retreat in celebration of friendships, wine and, yes, social media.
I invite you to check out the schedule for the upcoming gathering that will take place on March 3-5 in Napa, California. We will again be staying at the Andaz Napa hotel which is centrally located to downtown Napa, has a wonderful gym which I enjoyed (you will appreciate having it there so you can feast in the various meals during this gathering without guilt!) and walking access to eateries, bars, and shops.
I look forward to reconnecting with my Wine Sisters and hope to see you there as well. For more information and to register, please visit: http://winesisterhood.com/gathering/2013-gathering/
You can read more about my experience last here at:
For images of from my Wine Sisterhood Gathering in 2012, please check out my Flickr page and slide show below:
Stay connect with the Wine Sisters via Social Media on Facebook, on Twitter via @WineSisterhood, and on Pinterest (they share some pretty awesome drink recipes and images!) and I hope to see you in Napa!