Enotrias means The Lands of Wine. As the Bay Area's premier provider of sommelier services, events, and restaurant consultations, we strive to bring value and an unprecidented experience to every client from Appbackr to Zuckerberg's.
Melissa Lavrinc Smith has been building her reputation as sommelier to the Silicon Valley stars, while maintaining a full time position as a wine and spirits consultant, Head Sommelier, and the sake buyer for K&L Wine Merchants, the largest online wine and spirits retailer in the country. A CIA trained chef that spent 15 years in some of the top kitchens in the country as well as Japan, including stints at the French Laundry, and at Terra, under chef Hiro Sone. In 2004 her love of wine won out and she transitioned to the wine industry where she began utilizing her skills as an instructor, a writer, and a restaurant consultant. Constantly creating, the once host of the popular SFWineChef podcast, developer of the Enotria Guide iPhone app for wine pronunciation, founder of PopUpEdu.com, home ec classes for grown ups, and earning her sake sommelier certificate through the Sake Education Council in 2012, set her among the top professional somms in the US. Her client list now includes appbackr, Twitter, IBM, Wells Fargo, Yahoo, Steelcase, Gensler, Linked, earn, the Stanford Business School, and several other Silicon Valley Fortune 500 companies. Her work appears regularly online at the blog K&L Uncorked, has appeared in AfterEllen.com, in print for the monthly K&L newsletter, the San Jose Mercury News, and in Meatpaper, and 944 magazines. Melissa has been interviewed as an industry expert in Winart, Dacapo, The Tasting Panel, The Somm Journal, BeverageMedia.com, SF Weekly, the Tasting Table, Cellar Blog, and Virginia Wine Time.