Scout & Cellar Wine: My Story

I have enjoyed wine since I was single in the early 2000s and working as an associate pastor at a (not Southern) Baptist Church in San Antonio. Many Fridays, I would cook a filet, medium rare, have a glass of red wine, and watch a movie by myself. Don’t feel bad for me. I loved it! 

I actually met my husband, Todd, in that church. 
I moved to Dallas. 
He moved to Chicago. 
We got engaged, then married.
We honeymooned in Napa Valley, where my love of wine grew. 

Vineyard Tour in Napa Valley, October 2018

Todd and I go back to Napa every five years on our anniversary and sometimes in-between. Our most recent trip was in October of 2018.

In 2005, I joined Todd in Chicago, where after three years, we had our son, Isaac, who is now 10. (Gillian, age 7, would come a few years later after we moved to Houston.)

Isaac came with all the love and anticipation of any firstborn child along with a myriad of challenges we didn’t expect. From his earliest days until now, we have learned about fine and gross motor delays and dyspraxia, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, metabolic treatments, specialized schools, a whole new way to parent, and certainly not last or least, the powerful effects of food and diet on behavior and health.

As you can imagine, all of these “opportunities for growth” will require a person to stretch and change. That’s been the story of most of my tenure as a mom. Maybe it’s every parent’s story to some degree or other. 

Along the way, I have discovered some things I didn’t know (of course), about my child, about myself, and central to this post, about food. I won’t go overwhelm you with everything I’ve learned. A few main points will suffice:

– I have a real sensitivity to certain foods, especially wheat, and anything heavily processed. It affects my tummy and even moreso, my skin–in dramatic fashion. It’s undeniable, as Todd can attest. 
– Eating “paleo” for a year or so brought about some shocking changes in Isaac, in me, and in Todd. In photos, it’s clear that Todd shows the most change, which is totally unfair. (Full disclosure: Gillian is not a fan of grain-free eating.)
– We have lightened up from the strict changes we made about four years ago but continue to limit or completely avoid refined sugar and wheat, especially for me and Isaac.
– If the above points give you a headache, I get it! This isn’t a path I had any interest in from the outset. Also, I have suffered from terrible headaches off and on for the past ten or so years. (Yes, same as my son’s age. Noted.)

All of that to say…when I heard about Scout and Cellar wines in August of this past year, I was interested. Immediately.
*Low in sulfites and residual sugars.
*Paleo- and Keto-friendly. (90% are also vegan.)
*Void of the 250+ chemicals that are standard in today’s mass-produced wines.
*Many who suffer from wine-triggered headaches have found they are headache-free with Scout and Cellar wines. I can attest to this as a personal experience. I’m no doctor, but my husband is (wink) .

So when I saw a friend post about Scout and Cellar wine on Facebook, I knew it was something I wanted to try. I placed an order with her consultant for one bottle of white–a Dove Hunt Dog Pinot Blanc–and one red–a Eulen Malbec/Syrah, and upon tasting the wines, I was sold. No headaches, to boot. 

Within a week of my wine arriving, I learned that two of my closest friends, both bridesmaids in my wedding, were also “in” on Scout and Cellar and had just signed up as consultants in Dallas, where the company started. So I called the Scout and Cellar consultant who’d sold me the wine and who, at that time, was a complete stranger to me, and said, “I want to do this with you.” I thought: I am going to buy these wines. I am going to be telling people about these wines. I should be selling these wines. 

At that time, I learned it was also a good business opportunity. Scout and Cellar turned “one” in August and is now just a year and a half old. Starting as a consultant now is getting in early. Nearly everyone I talk to about Scout and Cellar is hearing about it for the first time, both the company and the concept. It is not a saturated market. Far from it. If you’re reading this and thinking you might be interested in joining me (or know someone who would be), send me a message! I promise I won’t pressure you. I only want to work with people who would enjoy this, as I do: tasting good wine, introducing it to others, and doing it because I believe in the product.

You can browse or purchase the wines directly through my Scout and Cellar page.

And I wouldn’t be doing a good job if I didn’t tell you these few details:

Free shipping kicks in at $99, so I typically encourage buying several bottles at once.

A discount of 5% is applied at 6+ bottles, and a discount of 10% at 12+ bottles.

If you are a wine enthusiast, you might consider joining the wine club and having clean-crafted, organic wines from all over the world delivered to your doorstep. You can even choose the frequency: monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly. Just follow the steps on the site, and contact me if you have any questions. Cheers!