When And Why You May Need A Professional Sommelier To Build Your Wine Cellar

July 9, 2021

In the case of Melissa L. Smith, you’re also hiring someone certified as a sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and trained at the Culinary Institute of America, who’s cooked at The French Laundry and was a chef on a private yacht. She is also a member of the Appraisers Association of America. I interviewed Smith about the twists and turns of her life that somehow led her to her career as a wine consultant.


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.



39 Best Places You Have To Travel Before You Die

November 6 2021

Anderson Valley is home to some of the most exquisite wines in the US. Stunning Pinot Noir and Alsatian varietals are grown along this wine route that spans 3 AVAs, and ends at the Pacific Ocean at the Mendocino Coast where you can stay at homey inns or chic glamping resorts. 


Property Casualty 360

Insurance Misconceptions Place Wine Collections at Risk

July 6, 2021

A misconception persists among homeowners that their insurance policies will protect wine collections, when in fact, a separate rider or wine-specific coverage is necessary, according to Melissa L. Smith, certified sommelier and founder of Enotrias Elite Sommelier Services, which specializes in inventorying wine collections.


Inside Hook

Napa Valley’s Most Exclusive Club Makes Winemakers Out of the 1%

June 18, 2021

Situated at the Southern end of Meadowood Resort and shrouded in exclusivity, Napa Valley Reserve has become a secretive destination for the West Coast’s well-to-do; Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are rumored to pay their dues, while Kobe Bryant worked on bottlings there in the past. The Napa Valley Reserve “hosts the who’s who of Silicon Valley tech and venture capital,” as Melissa L. Smith, a certified sommelier and founder of Enotrias elite sommelier services, describes.

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Wine Searcher

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."

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Wine Searcher
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.


Run Around Chic
Style Profile: Melissa L. Smith, Founder of Enotrias Elite Sommelier Services

April 28, 2021

What wine would you pair with a wagyu beef burger:

A gorgeous aged Bordeaux like 2010 Lynch Bages or Smith Haut Lafitte.

What wine would you pair with oysters:

A crisp dry Champagne like Billecart’s Blanc de Blanc.

Favorite winery in Napa and Sonoma: Robert Sinskey in Napa Valley. They have an incredible biodynamic program and offer an unbeatable full circle culinary experience. It’s right on the Napa/Sonoma border, but you really can’t go wrong with Domaine Carneros.

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Wine Searcher
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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The Story Exchange

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.

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How to Start Your Own Video Podcast on YouTube with 9 Expert Tips


Feb 22, 2021

Melissa L. Smith, Enotrias: set three goals for yourself before each presentation. I like to review my most recent recorded webinar, critique it, and then have any areas of improvement be my three goals for my next presentation. I write them down and have them next to  my computer‌  in case I need to refer to them during my presentation...

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Hidden Rhythm

Podcast: Wine Tasting in a Virtual World with Melissa Smith 

Nov, 2020

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.

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Wine Women Podcast
Melissa Smith, Certified Sommelier, Enotrias​

Oct, 2019

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


Oct/Nov 2014

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.