Avvinare is a blog by Susannah Gold, a wine writer, educator, brand ambassador, publicist and certified Italian sommelier. This blog started as a way to stay connected to all things Italian, after having left il bel paese. Avvinare is an Italian word which means to rinse your glass and prepare it to receive wine. This blog will hopefully allow you to swirl something new into your cup of knowledge, quench your thirst for a few more things Italian and learn something about the wonderful women in the wine business, both Italian and others. I’ve been writing this blog for 13 years now, about wines from all over the world. I run a communications company called Vigneto Communications focused on promoting wine and food products. I also have a site, SusannahGold.com, where I list all the articles I write, webinars I host, and other more personalized services for the trade and consumers. During these 13 years I have studied in many wine schools. I completed the Diploma in Wines & Spirits (DipWSET) from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), the Italian Wine Ambassador qualification from Vinitaly International Academy, the CSW and CSS certifications from the Society of Wine Educators, the Italian Wine Scholar and the French Wine Scholar certificate from the Wine Scholar Guild, a Spanish wine certification from the Spanish Wine Academy and a Certification as a Sherry Wine Specialist from the House of Lustau. I am currently enrolled in the CWE program at the Society of Wine Educators and the Spanish Wine Scholar program at the Wine Scholar Guild. Look for series I write called Monday Musings about topics in wine, Wine Wednesday about specific wines, Women in Wine Fridays about women in the business and my posts with four blogging groups on Saturdays: First Saturday of the Month – Italian Food Wine Travel (#ItalianFWT), Second Saturday of the Month – Wine Pairing Weekend (#WinePW), Third Saturday of the Month – French Winophiles (#Winophiles), and Fourth Saturday of the Month – World Wine Travel (#WorldWineTravel). Sunday Sips is usually dedicated to Spain or a New World region. I have started to write about two States each month, as the United States now makes wine in all 50 states. Look for posts on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.