2019 – a year in review

2019 – a year of big change

In 10 years (or 20 or 30) I think I can, with certainty, say that the year 2019 was a game changer. The highlights include:
Quit my job
Got a dog
Slept outside for 2 days
Started my own company
Organized my first Winemakers dinner
Hosted my first ever “Piemontegirl Tour” in Piemonte
Walked the “Champagne Mile” for the first time
Was on the News (and the radio)

And many many more adventures. You could say it’s been quite a year! But let’s start at the beginning.


One of the first items on the agenda for 2019 was a visit to Beijing Palace to eat delicious Dim Sum and drink Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for Burgundy. Nothing like spending some quality time with Hong and his crew when you’re going through hell.
Next, I quit my job. What a relief. But did I have a plan? Not really. So what did I do? Put my heart and soul into my work. That’s how I ended up on the news for the first time in my adult life. Intrigued? I am only just beginning.


Got a dog. Her name is Tilla, named after my good friend Silvia Altare. I adopted Tilla after she failed her training as a seeing eye dog. Failure, you said? I’ll tell you she doesn’t fail at anything else.

The next thing that happened might be one of the most crazy and strange thing I’ve ever done: I decided to pack a bag (with lots of warm clothes) and spend 48 hours outside on the street in the freezing Norwegian winter. Why did I do that? I got one word for you: Burgund Slipp! I’ve got more words, but you’ll have to read them here.

Oh, and I officially started my own company: Piemontegirl! Most of you know I’ve had a passion for wine since I was about 17. What started as a summer vacation in Italy in 2011 ended up being the beginning of a wonderful adventure! And slowly, Piemontegirl grew. And now it’s become a reality. A scary, challenging, amazing, interesting and fun reality.


One of my first tasks in my new role as CEO & Founder of Piemontegirl was expand my knowledge base. Thank you Kulinarisk Akademi and Heidi for taking me through WSET Level 2!

March might be my favorite month, because…. You guessed it: It’s my birthday!! My annual birthday trip to Piemonte included a visit (and photo) with Accomasso, multiple birthday celebrations with my second family, visit to Ciccio & Centro Storico, birthday Insalata Russa (thanks to the beautiful staff at More Macine), and many other incredible moments. I will forever be grateful to my Piemonte Family! And am already looking forward to my next birthday trip!

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