About Me

From NY originally, I now work in the tech industry and live with my husband, daughter and fuzzy cat Peggy in the California Bay Area.
Elissa McQuaid, Owner at WineSkipping

On the side I'm pursuing wine related studies and activities. I have my WSET Level 2 Award in Wines (with distinction!) and am currently studying to be a Certified Specialist of Wine. I previously was partnering with wineries in Napa and Sonoma to offer in person wine country visits to friends, family, colleagues. Since March 2020, I've pivoted from in-real-life wine tasting trips to virtual tastings. I share my knowledge with others through a series of educational tasting events such as: Introduction to Wine Tasting, Systematic Approach to Tasting, Bubbles & Brie (history and making of sparkling wine), and new topics on fortified and sweet wines and food & pairings!

I also enjoy partnering with smaller wineries to facilitate virtual tastings that feature their wines. Since sheltering in place, it's hard for us to get out to wine country and find all the great wines. It's also hard for smaller wineries to get exposure to new clients, and they need our support. That's where I come in! I'm always happy to work with you to recommend specific wines for your event based on your personal preferences and interest in supporting small businesses. I can also facilitate a custom tasting experience with a particular winery or wines if you’d like. Just ask.