Scout & Cellar Wine: My Story

Here’s a quick snapshot of my path to clean eating and my love affair with Scout & Cellar clean-crafted wine!

Wine country

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. 
Not long afterward, I moved to Dallas. 
He moved to Chicago. 
We got engaged, then married.
And 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. (Sadly, our April 2020 trip was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.)

Cheers to Change

In 2005, I joined Todd in Chicago, where after three years, we had our son, Isaac, who is now 12. (Gillian, age 8, 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” 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. I’ve been thankful for many glasses of wine over the past 12 years. Ha!

What We Don’t Know

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 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. They affect 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/dairy-free eating.)
  • We have lightened up from the strict changes we made about six 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 twelve or so years. (Yes, same as my son’s age. Noted.)

Scout & Cellar: an Introduction

All of that to say…when I heard about Scout & Cellar wines in August of this past year, I was interested. Immediately.
*Low in sulfites and residual sugars.
*Paleo-friendly, Keto-friendly, and Vegan.
*Void of the 250+ chemicals that are standard in today’s mass-produced wines.
*Clean-crafted. Which means there are no synthetic pesticides or chemicals used in the vineyard (making them organic) OR added later, in the cellar. (Yep, even the organic wines you see at the store can be full of added junk. Ew.) All of the wines are third party tested to ensure this standard of quality. Impressive.

So when I saw a friend post about Scout & 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. Bonus: as someone who personally suffered from wine-triggered headaches and even gave it up for a while, I was thrilled to be able to enjoy wine again.

Scout & Cellar: An Opportunity

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 & Cellar and had just signed up as consultants in Dallas, where the company started. So I called the Scout & 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.” My thought was: I am going to buy these wines, and 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 & Cellar had just turned “one” in August 2018 and is now only three years old. Starting as a consultant now is getting in early. The growth of the company over its first three years has beaten all expectations, and the trajectory over the next couple of years is beyond exciting. Put bluntly, this business is about to explode.

Nearly everyone I talk to about Scout & 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. My team and I only want to work with people who would enjoy this journey, as we do: tasting good wine, introducing it to others, and doing it because we believe in the product.

Wanna join me?

Good news! There are several ways you can join me or support my business:

  1. Join my team! For a minimal investment, which includes several bottles of wine and some pretty cool merch, you can join my team as a consultant! I joined up with the person who sold me those first two bottles of wine, and we have a fun and thriving team. We’d love to add YOU!
  2. Join the wine club! 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!
  3. Buy some wine! If you just want to try some wine, perfect! You can browse or purchase the wines directly through my Scout & Cellar page or reach out to me for recommendations! A few quick tips: *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.

Thank you, friends, for taking a few minutes to read my story about the path that led me to clean eating and ultimately clean wine. Scout & Cellar is a perfect fit for the life I was already living and wanted to continue to grow into. I love that raising a glass with friends and family is part of my commitment to healthy living. Cheers to that, and cheers to you!