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I taught community college French and Spanish in Southwest Virginia until an unexpected budgetary reduction in force in fall 2012 caused me to rethink my life’s journey. During my last semester of full-time teaching, I completed Wine & Spirit Education Trust‘s Level 1 Foundation and Level 2 Intermediate Courses With Distinction. In 2013, I held multiple part-time positions – online professor for another college and executive assistant for a wine broker and importer – the latter of which got my foot in the door of the wine industry. In January 2014, I moved from Bristol, Virginia, to Napa Valley, California, to start my new career and life. You may read my story in detail here.

I am the founder of Vine Journey, my home-based travel business, and a freelance writer for basil & salt magazine, Drizly, and Snooth.

During my first four months in Napa Valley, I completed Wine & Spirit Education Trust‘s Level 3 Advanced Course With Merit via home study. During fall semester 2016, I studied Wine Marketing and Sales at Napa Valley College under Paul Wagner, founder of Balzac Communications. In addition to my wine studies, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in French (summa cum laude), a Master of Arts degree in French, 12 undergraduate hours in Spanish, 18 graduate hours in Spanish, and a doctoral degree in Community College and Language Education (graduated first in my program). My doctoral dissertation was entitled Differences in attitudes, experiences, and success between delivering and receiving site students in interactive television foreign language classes.

Please visit My Services page to discover what I can do for you or your business.

Cheers!
Dr. Elizabeth Smith