Drinking Cognac in Cognac!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 1 No tags 0

I recently got back home from a super stellar, tasty, luxurious, jam-packed, fun trip to Cognac! I partnered with Atout France once again (remember my trip to Burgundy?) and got to explore a region in southern France that I had never traveled to and always been curious about.

Cognac is something I obviously know of, but it’s not something I drink often. I was amazed at all of the things I learned about this beautifully aged and complex spirit and the history and tradition of it, and by the end of the trip I had totally fallen in love with Cognac.

I’ve been drinking it with friends and as a night cap at home since I returned. Check out both of the videos we shot while there, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two as well, and hopefully get excited to drink more Cognac and maybe even plan a trip there. Bonus tip – Bordeaux is a just about an hour drive away. Two for one!



Thank you to all of our partners and sponsors and all of the kind, generous, and funny people we met along the way. Full thank you’s in the credits of the videos and in the description box on YouTube!

Travel with Whitney: Burgundy

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 0 No tags 0

I am a lucky lady. I literally pinch myself sometimes (on the forearm, to be specific). When I started working in wine I kind of knew I would get to travel a bit and see the wine regions of the world, but I never would’ve imagined all those years ago how much I’ve been able to get my butt on a plane and explore. And this summer, I was invited to Burgundy by Atout France and Bourgogne Tourisme! I would’ve been an idiot to not accept, right? Right.

Burgundy is a region I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s one of the most famous wine regions in the world and somehow I’ve managed to never actually go there. I love Burgundy wines (who doesn’t?) and couldn’t wait to spend 5 days drinking A LOT of them. And eating. And riding bikes through vineyards. And drinking and eating some more.

We started our trip in Dijon, making our way to Beaune, with stops in Chablis, Vézelay, Puligny Montrachet, Nantoux, Mercurey, and more. We had a bright red car and an itinerary. And thirst.

And guess what? We filmed the whole thing. Take a look at the video below to see all of the adventures!



48 Hours in Boulder

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 0 No tags 0

My boyfriend and I headed to Boulder for a quick (and last minute) weekend getaway for our anniversary. We basically put in a search on Google Flights for the dates we wanted and decided we would go wherever the cheapest flight was. And it was Denver! I’ve been wanting to go to nearby Boulder for some time, so it seemed perfect. Springtime in Colorado!

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Then we got there and it was in the 40’s and snowing. But it was actually kind of great – a welcome reprieve from the constant sunshine and year-round moderate temps of southern California. We only had 48 hours, which ended up being the perfect amount of time to see/eat most everything on our to-do list…

mt sanitas hike

Like hiking up Mt. Sanitas! It’s not an easy leisurely stroll but the climb is worth it for the wide open views. We lucked out in the end with a crisp but sunny day for our hike and watched the snow melt along the trail as we climbed higher and higher. Mind you, this was after an epic dinner with wine and digestifs and very special tequila at Carla and Richard’s house. They don’t mess around. But, hangover be gone!

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Highlights:

  • Late night cocktails and small bites at OAK at fourteenth
  • Coffee at Boxcar and picnic fixins and a great little wine and spirits selection at Cured.
  • Lunch (and wine and pizza and spritzes) at Pizzeria Locale. It’s fantastic.
  • Dinner at Frasca for a Friuli love fest. Perfect service, amazing wine list, delicious food. It’s a special treat.
  • Hike Mt. Sanitas. And there’s tons of other great trails. Wherever you end up, hiking and biking is a must while you’re there.
  • Edibles and dank ish with guidance from your very own bud tender at Fresh Baked dispensary. (If you’d like to partake in Colorado’s friendly policy on marijuana!)

Photos by Michael Lockridge (@locksy)