Me behind the tasting bar at SCMV_fall 2013_cropped_aI am a certified Califonia Wine Appellation Specialist, with Honors.

In addition, I am a veteran journalist and have been writing/editing longer than I can recall. In 2005 I entered the wine industry, starting behind the tasting bar. My terroir is the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, but this doesn’t keep me from exploring other wine regions.

When I’m not working in the tasting room pouring wine to a multitude of personalities (and oh the stories I could – and most likely will –  tell you) or am on the wine trail, I’m harvesting grapes, bottling wine, or engaging in some other wine-related activity.

A California native, I grew up at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, exploring the region’s many back roads and dirt trails from the Santa Clara Valley to the Santa Cruz coastline. I share my home with Salem, a 4-year-old black cat with green eyes. Before Salem, I shared my home with three cats, most recently my 21-year-old tabby Roxy Bacchus (God rest her soul). She had a great nose for wine and a “puurrfect” palate for pairing it with food. Her contribution to this blog is called Roxy’s Picks, which she still writes today through me.WineCat fixed rgb

In addition to wine, I share a passion for wildlife conservation. So don’t be surprised if every now and then I tweet about a wildlife win.

Much of my life has been focused on my career. Now, I want a best friend and lover to marry and help expand my horizons. I love nature, hiking, snowshoeing, biking, wine, and animals. One of my dreams is to share a home with my soulmate in a county setting, where we can tend some vines, make wine and travel the world. If you are looking for an intimate partner (and you don’t mind living with a cat or two) and have compatible interests let’s check our chemistry and values to see if we have a match for the second half of our lives.


All content including text, images and photos in this blog is property of Cynthia Bournellis, unless otherwise noted. No part of this blog may be used or reproduced in any format, by any means – electronic or otherwise – without written permission and prior consent from Cynthia Bournellis, copyright owner and blog publisher. Upon such permission full acknowledgement of source must be disclosed.

Roxy’s Pick, Road Trip, and Wineisms images courtesy of Toni Sieling. About Me photo courtesy of Tom Keenan.

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2 Responses to About

  1. I enjoyed your review of Tapas. I look forward to reading your blog.

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