About Sacred Drop

Sacred Drop Channel was started in Spain with the idea of sharing my experiences and love of Spanish Wine. Here you will find a little bit of everything from festivals to wine tastings to winery visits. It has now expanded to include experiences in Portugal to France to the United States.

April Yap-Hennig harvesting Garnacha grapes at Bodegas Juan Carlos Sancha

Doing what I love to do! Here I am harvesting Garnacha grapes at Bodegas Juan Carlos Sancha

I came to Spain to re-discover my love of Spanish wines. It was back in 2001, when I was doing a study abroad in La Rioja where I tasted a phenomenal wine that changed my life forever. It was then that I decided that I wanted to do something in wine. While the wine was phenomenal, it was truly the experience around the wine that really brought me back to Spain.

To understand a wine, you need to understand the culture behind this wine. And this is how Sacred Drop was born. I am the Sacred Drop seeker, in search of the perfect wine and experience that is sacred to me.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”  – Thoreau

You may be wondering who I am and what I know about wine.

I am a certified Wine Sommelier from the International Wine Guild in Colorado. I just finished my second Master’s degree, a Master’s in Viticulture and Oenology from the Universidad de La Rioja in Spain.  I also hold an MBA degree from Purdue University and a B.A. degree (Licenciatura) in Public Relations from the University of Utah.

I came to La Rioja in November 2010 to follow a long-held dream to work in the wine industry. This dream was born when, as an exchange student to the Universidad de La Rioja back in 2001, I fell in love with the country, the region, the people, the culture, and finally the wine.  Then, after a successful career in corporate marketing in both the U.S. and Europe, I decided to finally pursue my dream and try out my skills with the wine industry.  Thus I came back to where it all started, La Rioja.  I had a very positive experience in La Rioja, living and enjoying this beautiful region and now I have recently made the move from La Rioja, Spain to Salem, Oregon to start my next adventure in Willamette Valley, Oregon.

 

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