Thank you for stopping by Pinot & Peep Toes! I established the blog shortly after graduating college in 2016 with the purpose of making wine less intimidating for my generation of drinkers and to also pay homage to my upbringing. My appreciation for wine began as a young girl growing up on my family’s ranch in Mendocino County. I come from a family of farmers. My grandfather founded Cox Vineyards and my father has carried on the legacy. I did not study Enology or Viticulture in college, but I like to think I bring a unique perspective to wine tasting. My experience with wine begins with the vine.
I grew up as an apprentice of sorts to my father, riding along on the ATV with him to check the progress of each and every row of grapes. My favorite childhood memories were spent playing among the grapevines and volcanic soil with my sisters where we watched as the grapes evolve from pollinated flowers to teeny-tiny berries to finally, the yellows and purples of Chardonnay and Cabernet. I grew up learning to smash grapes on my father’s refractometer to measure the sugar levels, and practiced swirling my watered-down wine in a plastic glass long before I was of age. As a teenager, I spent weeks of my summers crop thinning – a tedious and hot job that especially made me appreciate the hard work farmers put in to assure a beautiful crop.
I currently live in Los Angeles where I am pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, but am fortunate enough to be able to make trips up to my family’s Northern California ranch often. In my free time, I love entertaining; wine nights and cheese plates are my forte! I hope you’ll join me as I share what I’ve learned growing up in the vineyards and all that I’ll continue to learn as my palate for wine grows in the big city.