A Year in Napa Valley

As July 30 winds down, I can’t let the night slip away without acknowledging what this date means to me. Today marks my one-year anniversary living in the Napa Valley, and what a blast I’ve had these last 12 months. From making new friends (not to be confused with acquaintances) to carving out a new career for myself  to swimmingly adjusting to life in small town Rutherford, this has been a most memorable 365 days. 

Kelly E. Carter in Napa Valley, June 2016

Kelly E. Carter in Napa Valley, June 2016


From driving myself to the emergency room one week after I arrived to experiencing the Napa Valley Wine Train for the first time to wild soirees at Raymond Vineyards to scrumptious meals practically in vineyards to leaving a 30+-year journalism career to work for Alpha Omega winery to discovering the cohesiveness of the Napa Valley wine community that makes me proud to be a part of it, the past year has been eventful and rewarding.

The other day while I was speaking about my career at the San Francisco Public Relations Roundtable, I was asked about my ability to move with ease from job to job, state to state, and even from one country to another. I had never thought much about it because moving has been a part of me for so long and was always so easy for me because of my ability and desire to meet and connect with people of all backgrounds. I wasn’t an Army brat. I had one childhood home, not counting when I moved to Dallas for my senior year in high school. I simply find people and places fascinating. As much as I enjoy reading, I love interaction even more. I’ve always said that the world is my encyclopedia.

I was also asked what is on my bucket list.  Oddly enough, I’ve never created a bucket list. I spoke about how moving back to Italy had always been in the foreground of my mind until now. When I lived in San Francisco, I still imagined that I would find my way back to Italy. But now that I live in Napa, then that urge to move back to Italy no longer exists — Napa is the new Italy you know.

That’s not to say that I wouldn’t return to Italy for good if some dashing (and single) Italian Count whom I couldn’t resist came along and properly courted me before whisking me off to Italy. Or maybe I’ll meet him when I go to Italy in September. One never knows what adventure lies ahead when a single girl travels solo, especially to Italy!

About Kelly E. Carter

New York Times bestselling author Kelly E. Carter is the Director of Communications at Alpha Omega winery in the legendary Rutherford bench of the world famous Napa Valley. The bon vivant made a name for herself writing about sports, entertainment, lifestyles and pets. She founded The Jet Set Pets, the luxury travel site for pampered pets on the go. Her latest book, National Geographic's
The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel , was released April 1, 2014 and earned Kelly a Lowell Thomas Award. She teamed up with tennis phenom Venus Williams to co-author Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession, a New York Times bestseller in 2010.  

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