Erin is originally from California and currently splits time between Belize and the Netherlands, where she is a full-time freelance writer, blogger, and photographer. She has always had a passion for good wine and food and now spends some of her time traveling the globe in search of both. Although always partial to California wines, she is quickly learning there are some formidable opponents out there!
Prior to leaving the US, she was working in civil litigation/insurance defense for a well-known insurance company and enjoyed spending her free time working in the tasting room for a local winery, Todd Taylor Wines. Working directly with Todd, she learned more about the business with hopes of someday producing her own wine. Erin currently holds a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) designation and plans to pursue additional wine education.
Departing for Taiwan — one of the culinary meccas of the world — Erin decided she would also use this time to devote to spending more time in the kitchen herself and hopefully learn some of the local cooking styles. Grocery shopping in Taiwan provided its share of challenges, but she survived, and really enjoyed creating wonderful dinners paired with new wines. Sadly, she had to leave behind her 500+ bottle wine collection back in California, but it is slowly making it’s way overseas as she travels back and forth between countries.
Erin writes for a number of websites and publications. She is a blogger for Viator.com, and runs 12 country blogs, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Guatemala, Belize, and French Polynesia. Erin also blogs for Roam Right Travel Insurance, writes city guides for TripAdvisor, is AFAR Magazine’s local Belize expert, and authored the Official AFAR Guide to Belize.
She has spoken at TBEX, the world’s largest travel blogging conference several times — in Mexico as an expert on Blogging in Latin America, and in Spain as an expert on how to add wine and beer content to your blog. Erin also spoke as an expert on web content and social media at Belize’s first tourism and marketing conference, and most recently in Italy about her involvement on the award-winning Blogville campaign.
Erin was previously a “Best of” Food and Drinks writer for CBS Sacramento and an editor of Asian Cuisine and Old World Wine for Suite 101. Her work has appeared on such sites as Expedia, Hipmunk, Trivago, CNNGo, Shangri-la Hotels, BootsnAll, Starwood Hotels, Gadling, Chip & Company, Vocalpoint, Destinations Travel Magazine, TravBuddy, Art of Adventuring and more.
Several of Erin’s photos have been used by CNN International, both online and on television. One of her travel photos won honorable mention in Islands Travel Magazine, a top 25 nod in their Readers Choice Awards, and one of the 100 best photos of all time.
Erin also served as the English language editor for a renowned Spanish chef’s second cookbook in Taiwan and was the primary author of Belize’s official visitor magazine, Destination Belize, for 2013 and 2014. She also served as the International Food, Wine, & Travel Writers Association’s (IFWTWA) Regional Membership Coordinator for Taiwan/Hong Kong, and Belize.
Erin also publishes other blogs – her new one on travel and photography, No Checked Bags, one focusing on Disney Travel called Disney Globetrotter and she sporadically contributes to her Mom’s scrapbooking/papercrafting blog, All Scrapped Out. Erin is currently developing a Belize destination site, Caye to Belize, expected to launch in 2016.
To see more about Erin’s professional credits and activities, please visit her CV page/website.
Favorite Food Destinations: Northern California, Belize, French Polynesia, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Thailand, Mexico, Greece.
Favorite Wineries: Todd Taylor, Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, Joseph Phelps, Heitz Cellars, V. Sattui, Josef Chromy, De Bortoli
Favorite Wines: Todd Taylor Clockspring Zinfandel and/or Primitivo, Joseph Phelps Insignia, Nickel & Nickel Cabernets, Heitz Cellars Martha’s Vineyard, Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, V. Sattui’s Angelica, Madeira, and Duarte Old Vine Zinfandel (no longer available), Vincent Arroyo Petite Syrahs
Brett is originally from the East Coast area and has been working as a Financial Controller for a large European owned corporation. Prior to his assignment in the Netherlands, he spent the last few years living in Taiwan.
He shares the same passion for wine and food as Erin, but his real love is scouting out local beers from around the world.
Brett’s knowledge of wine is still broadening, but he definitely knows his way around great food. Traveling in Europe and Asia for work has provided him with some great insight from locals on some of the best places to eat.
Spending several years traveling Europe has led him to develop a serious fondness for craft beers. He is looking forward to sharing some of his great beer finds around the globe.
Favorite Food Destinations: Napa Valley, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New York City, Germany, Hungary
Favorite Beers/Beer Regions: Belgium, Germany, Trappist Breweries, Dogfish Head, Abbaye des Rocs, Rodenbach Grand Cru
Favorite Wines: Loire Valley Cabernet Francs, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, Luxembourg Mosel Pinot Blanc
Erin is currently enrolled in several wine education courses and hopes to pursue the WSET diploma and a Masters of Wine in 2016. Brett is looking to obtain his Cicerone certification in 2016 as well. Combined, Brett and Erin have traveled to nearly 70 countries and hope to use this forum to share some tips and resources for some great eats and drinks around the globe.