Elizabeth Smith is a French and Spanish professor turned wine and travel professional. In 2013, her part-time role as executive assistant to a wine broker and importer became her stepping stone into the wine business. In January 2014, she moved from Virginia to the Napa Valley to begin her second career. Her wine industry experience includes wine club membership management, direct-to-consumer sales, and social media marketing. Elizabeth holds a doctoral degree in community college and foreign language education from George Mason University as well as Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s advanced wine certification. She has written about wine and wine destination travel for various media outlets such as American Winery Guide, basil & salt, Plum Deluxe, Snooth, Wine Industry Network Advisor, and her own website. Elizabeth won our 2017 Born Digital Wine Award for Best Tourism Content with a Focus on Wine for her piece entitled, “Lodi: Beyond the Zinfandel”.