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Feb 28, 2020

This bonus episode is sponsored by Wine Access.

Founded by wine lovers and searchers in 2007, each day, they write stories about wines they discover, taste, and evaluate in the cellars where they were made. They negotiate prices on their membership's behalf, then arrange to have bottles shipped directly from the source — right to your door.


They stake their reputation on every bottle they select, and it shows! Wine Access offers some wines on their site and their email offers are amazing, so sign up today. 

Visit: and for a limited time get $20 off your first order of $50 or more!


This episode is with Vanessa Conlin, Master of Wine, and the Head of Wine for Wine AccessShe has had a wonderful and unexpected career: While pursuing a career in opera, she discovered a love of food and wine and pursued wine education while continuing her music studies.


Eventually, she chose wine over music working in wine in New York. She has been the head of sales and marketing for several prestigious Napa wineries including Arietta Wines, Dana Estates, and Realm Cellars.


Vanessa holds the WSET Diploma, and was the recipient of the Niki Singer Memorial Scholarship from the International Wine Center. She is a newly minted Master of Wine!! 


Some of the topics we cover: 

  • The career transition Vanessa made from a completely different field into wine 
  • The connection between wine and music
  • Vanessa's path to becoming a Master of Wine and the difference between the MS and MW programs
  • The things that make Wine Access so special --
    • Meticulous selection and excellent, original notes done by Vanessa and her team
    • The guarantee of provenance (where the wine came from -- always directly from the winery)
    • A Napa-based service team that can help with shipping and selecting wine, and if any bottle is not to your liking, they'll refund your order.


We wrap up by discussing the changes in the industry and how important direct to consumer channels like Wine Access are!

Check out Vanessa's favorite picks on and for a limited time get $20 off your first order of $50 or more!