If you like food, wine and travel, then you’ll love Hilarie’s articles and Big Blend Radio appearances! Fusing a region’s heritage with its people, places and local flavors (especially the wines), Hilarie has a penchant for capturing the essence of a destination.
Hilarie’s passion for wine began in the 1970’s while in the European hospitality industry. In 2003 she began her wine career in earnest in her native British Columbia, Canada, working in the vineyards, cellars and tasting rooms of several wineries. A stint with a Canadian winebroker expanded her knowledge of world wines and marketing as did several years working as Resident Sommelier for a Washington State Winery, providing staff education and training.
In 2004 she received her certificate from the Court of Master Sommelier and has since acquired her Certified Specialist of Wine and French Wine Scholar post-nominals. She’s currently pursuing her Master Level studies on the wines of the South of France to compliment her certificate for the wine region of Provence.
Hilarie consults with wine country businesses to develop well trained, educated teams and speaks at trade and consumer events such as the Wine Tourism Conference in Paso Robles, the San Diego International Wine Show, and the International Wine Tourism Conferences in Champagne and Barcelona.
She shares her love of all things wine as a contributor to such online publications as Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, Wine Folly (2013 Wine Blog of the Year, International Wine & Spirits Competition) Wine Geographic, FWT Magazine, where she is also their Wine Consultant, and others. In 2013, she was honored to be awarded the Emerging Writer Scholarship from the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) for whom she now acts as the Administrative Director. See Hilarie’s articles on IFWTWA.org.
Based in Southern California Wine Country, Hilarie’s company Northwinds Wine Consulting provides a range of Wine Education and training services with an emphasis on making wine appreciation relaxed, social and fun. Learn more at www.NorthwindsWineConsulting.com or call (951) 240-1077.
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