Hi, I’m Valerie Quintanilla, but you can call me Val. Let me tell you about me. My hobbies? Travel, wine, running, and Italy. They work together quite well. Why should you care? Well, don’t feel you must, I just like to talk and I’m hoping my adventures translate into valuable info for yours!
Here’s the sitch: In 2011 I found my way to Northern Italy’s little-known gem, Piedmont (Piemonte in Italiano). It was a short three days at the tail end of an amazing adventure driving the boot, south to north. Can you say contrast!?
Upon arrival, I dubbed it my one-day Italian home. I returned to the States telling people as much. Reactions were interesting: my then-boss proceeded to torment me about packing up and moving to Italy immediately (I swear, I’m good at my job!) A good guy friend (always the realist) said, “What Val, you’re going to meet some dude and make him move to Italy with you?” Me: “I dunno. I’m just gonna move to Piedmont. Shut up.”
Fast Forward to Italy 2012: I had to go back to soak in the region, so I planned seven full days in Piedmont. Wouldn’t you know it? On day one I met a British chap who works at a Barolo producer. He seemed like a nice guy, so I let him show me around – hey, a girl’s gotta
eat drink! Eight months later I quit my job, rented out my townhouse, and got a one-way ticket to Turin. Il Ragazzo (“The Boy”) found and settled into our new old apartment in Alba. Crazy? Um, yeah. A little bit.
Besides Wine? When I’m not boozing, I run (OMG, nothing like a post-run beer!), write, travel, read, cook, and am an aspiring gardener.
I came to Piedmont via Denver, Colo. – maiden voyage set sail in Vancouver, Wash. en route to Colorado for college.
My Specs: Marketing is my trade. And, I love it. I geek out on all things biz. I’ve spent many a Friday night live-tweeting Shark Tank. And, Masters Sunday is my Christmas.
Join me as I drink (run, write, and eat) my way through Europe.