We had the good fortune of connecting with Nia Gordon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nia, what is the most important factor behind your success?
My love and passion for wine is the reason The More You Bordeaux has thrived! After traveling the world and realizing wine was the primary factor determining my next destination, I decided it was time to make my love of wine more intentional. I wanted to learn about the little things, like which wine is best to order with my meal when out at a restaurant, and the bigger things like why Cabernet Sauvignon from France tastes differently from Cabernet Sauvignon from California, so I decided to enroll in the WSET Level 2 wine education course. I was opened to a wealth of knowledge that allowed me to drink wine and travel with so much more purpose, and I’ve had opportunities I couldn’t have even dreamed of like writing about wine for local magazines, hosting wine tastings, and selecting and rating wines for wine clubs! All I’ve learned about wine along with the connections I’ve developed in the wine industry along the way keep me so energized around my mission, and I’m on a constant quest to deepen my knowledge and broaden my wine experiences!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve built The More You Bordeaux on my inherent love of wine. It’s really important to me to not force anything – I’ve been doing things my own way since the beginning, which has kept everything relaxed and fun!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take friends visiting San Diego to all of my favorite wine bars and picnic spots! My first stop for a delicious wine-paired dinner would be to Wine Vault and Bistro. The team spends the week curating a unique menu with wine parings and it is beyond all expectations! In terms of wine bars, I love Carruth Cellars, an urban winery in Little Italy. You can try flights of their wine and they have wood fired pizzas (including cauliflower crust and vegan options!), and great charcuterie boards. There’s also a great wine shop and wine bar called Vino Carta right around the corner that has lots of unique wines from around the world, cool tasting line ups, and fun games to play while you sip! My other favorite wine bars are Village Vino in Kensington and the Rose Wine Bar in South Park, both of which have really cool, diverse wine selections and great food! In terms of picnic spots, my favorite picnics have been at Sunset Cliffs, Law Street Park, the San Diego Bay, Balboa Park, and Kate Sessions Park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shoutout my future sister-in-law, Savannah, for getting my blog up and running the day I had the idea to create The More You Bordeaux – this would still just be a vague “what if” were it not for her! I’d also like to shoutout all of my friends and family for coming on all of my wine adventures with me (although it’s not usually too difficult to get them on board)! I’d also like to shoutout the amazing wine community for welcoming me and supporting me since day one!