Life Before France
Not everyone is fortunate enough to be born Parisian!
I first traveled to France only in my dreams and through films, books and music. The idea of Paris and its millennia of rich history and culture had always intrigued me while growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA).
Early on, I yearned for the balanced European lifestyle of shopping each day for market-fresh products, walking everywhere and meeting friends or family over a simply cooked meal and a glass of wine.
At age 14, I started learning French. I was quickly enthralled with the language and its intricacies, but mostly with the sophisticated culture that the French exude. Going to French class was exciting as it meant discussing exotic things like pains aux raisins or Sophie and Jean-Claude meeting for café crème or a Perrier at a Parisian café. It all sounded so chic and sophisticated. The remainder of my academic career was centered on my desire to come to live in France one day.
In 2003, I arrived to spend a year in Paris to during my undergraduate studies in Art History at the University of Minnesota. At the end of the year, I didn’t want to go back home! I immediately felt chez moi and comfortable in my adoptive country, almost as if I’d lived here in a past life. I decided to stay as long as possible.
After a full year, I reluctantly returned to Minneapolis and completed my degrees in Art History and French Studies. I still dreamed only of returning to Paris one day.
In 2005, I returned to my adoptive city to work as an English language assistant teacher at a high school in Paris. I continued eating my way through Paris and made it my goal to try the vast array of wines that France has to offer.
I learned a lot about decoding the rules and rituals of cooking, eating and drinking in France. There was so much to learn and to sample! I wanted to become more French than the French: perfecting their already perfect lifestyle.
As my French language skills improved, I could shop like a local in the open-air markets and small neighborhood specialty shops and have lengthy talks with my butcher, fromager or wine merchant about their wares. I was enchanted by the simplicity, history and pure pleasure taken at table.
What I offer you today, through Paris By The Glass, is a rare glimpse into the heart of France through its cuisine and its wine.
My Education and Credentials
Education, travel and lots and lots of wine tastings later…
Hemingway’s famous quote could not be more apropos of what I have found here after soaking up culture for more than 10 years of living in France and travelling extensively. I love to share my passion for wine, gastronomy and French art de vivre. That is what Paris By The Glass is about: helping you learn more, one sip and one bite at a time.
Wine is about food, storytelling, history, geography and science combined. But above all, it is a beverage for enjoyment and for sharing with others. A special wine is about fleeting moments, aromas and lasting impressions of that taste and the place that you’ll cherish to years to come. France’s wine culture is multi-faceted and complex so allow me to help you unlock the secrets of this magical elixir.