Uncorking The Basics Of Wine Insurance
Nov 2, 2020
Many of us simply open a $15 bottle of wine, pour a glass and sip it. Other people savor the art of collecting wine, whether it’s for pure pleasure or as an investment. But some of those collectors fail to insure their valuable vino—wines that can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars per bottle. [...] Certified sommelier Melissa Smith, founder of Enotrias Elite Sommelier Services, which appraises and inventories wine for insurance purposes, says the wine collections owned by her clients generally range from $30,000 to several million dollars in value.
NFTs Join the Fight Against Wine Fraud
May 21, 2021
"I've opened so many fake 1982 Château Mouton Rothschilds, I've lost count," says Melissa Smith, founder of Enotrias, which provides white-glove private sommelier services to people who can afford it. Wine-Searcher caught her in the airport between flights from collector in California, to another in New Jersey. "I never said anything, because I was in hospitality settings, and each time, the person had brought the bottle in. I was never sure if they knew or not."
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Melissa L. Smith – USA/CA – Sommelier/Founder Enotrias
May 17, 2021
I’ve worked with so many incredible people in this industry, but the person that continues to amaze and impress me is Tonya Pitts of One Market in San Francisco. When I was just a baby sommelier doing luxury Bordeaux events at One Market with K&L, she was always so friendly, supportive, and down to earth. Her smile set me at ease no matter how much I felt I was in over my head. It’s a decade and a half later, and she continues to wow me. She’s a quiet force, and one of the most intelligent, articulate, and welcoming people in hospitality."
Science Makes a Mockery of Tasting Notes
May 3, 2021
Smith also believes that we need to speak more inclusively to people from a variety of backgrounds, with a range of flavor touchstones.
"I work with a lot of tech companies, and the vast majority of my clients have ended up being from India," she notes. "Guess what? For them, it's not about cranberries and honeysuckle. I often start by asking them what they ate as children, the fresh fruits they love. I try to lead them through their own sensory background, and connect maybe the green mangos they loved as kids with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Making Sure of Your Wine Insurance
Dec 14, 2020
There might be a shock waiting in the small print of your insurance policy when it comes to wine. If you think your home insurance policy covers your wine collection, you better take a closer look. Most home insurance policies do not cover wine, says Melissa Smith, who does wine collection valuations for her company Enotrias. And most people don't find out until it's too late.
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Why These 6 Women Are Optimistic About Business in 2020 — And Beyond
Sept 13, 2020
Sure, there's a lot to be down about. But women entrepreneurs are also seeing new business opportunities in a changed world. [...] Melissa Smith is the founder of Enotrias Elite Sommelier Services. A certified sommelier, Smith’s company manages wine collections. It also leads seminars on wine, sake, and spirits for in-home and corporate team building events.
Pure Healthy Living
The Best Wines for Relaxing (And What to Avoid)
For some of us, nothing compares to a glass of wine when you need to detach from a stressful day. Not a freshly brewed cup of chamomile tea. Not a mug of steaming hot chocolate. Uncork a bottle of aromatic vino and we’re golden. [...] We posed this question and more to Melissa L. Smith, a certified sommelier and founder of Enotrias Elite Sommelier Services. She’s also known as “The Sommelier to the Silicon Valley Stars”—so if anyone knows what it takes to help SUPER busy people decompress with wine, it’s her.
Podcast: Wine Tasting in a Virtual World with Melissa Smith
Did you know you can get paid for drinking wine? Yes, the perfect job does exist!
Today's guest, Melissa Smith, is a chef and certified sommelier, and the Founder of Enotrias Elite Sommelier Services. Her company manages wine collections and conducts private and corporate wine, spirits, and sake seminars. From teaching novice drinkers to wine connoisseurs, Melissa brings passion, wisdom, and creativity to every experience.
Wine Women Podcast
Melissa Smith, Certified Sommelier, Enotrias
Melissa Smith, aka “The Sommelier to the Silicon Valley Stars,” guest on the show, discussing her unique services, beyond the typical sommelier’s, with the show’s hosts. Also, serving as a guest co-host on today’s show is Patti Neumann, marketing and social media director for several boutique wineries in the Bay Area.
The SOMM Journal
Women in Wine Luncheon
One of those perfect early summer days in Napa Valley-and I do mean perfect- more than a dozen of California's top female sommeliers and wine professionals gathered at Gamble Family Vineyards in Oakville.