I’m a wine storyteller. Bienvenue!l'occasion

If you were in my home I’d take your coat, welcome you to sit by the fire or on the patio. You’d meet my Yorkie, my kids and my incredible husband (guest cook and photographer on L’occasion). We’d offer you a tasty bite; maybe a warm bowl of risotto or lobster bisque. Most likely a counter-full of tapas or charcuterie and cheese.

We’d definitely offer you wine. Perhaps something from one of our trips to Provence or Burgundy? A glass of our house favorites from the Southern Rhône? Let’s enjoy this together, one glass at a time, the evenings that make life a rich and delicious experience.

My blog, L’occasion, is the 2016 winner of two Wine Blog Awards, Best Overall and Best Writing.

WBA Winner Logo (writing)
WBA Winner Logo (overall)

I write about wine (travel + food too) as a freelancer in addition to L’occasion. Recently my work has appeared in partnership with Forbes, USA Today, Vivino, Palate PressLuxe Provence, Courrier International, American Winery Guide, Wine Tourist Magazine, Provence WineZine, Perfectly Provence, California Winery Advisor and DuVine Adventures and Cycling.

I am a fiction writer with short stories published in multiple anthologies and literary journals and my work has been featured on NPR and Longform.

My novel tells the story of Provençal winemakers during the Second World War through the later part of their lives in 1970’s Napa.

I hold a Bachelors Degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago and have direct and current experience with digital marketing and business communications.(Ask me if you’d like consulting in these areas.)

I am interested in profiling wineries, hotels, tours or other establishments that offer an inviting experience for customers. Please contact me (in English or French) through the form below if  interested in offering a sample or invitation to learn more about your work.


18 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael Sobczak says:

    Hi Jill,

    Thanks for your previous comment.
    I like your many creative writings.

    I’m sending you a link to
    a new “Ocean Movement Surfacing” story.


    Hope you like
    and please share with your Elephant Journal+ friends.

    Sincerely, Michael


  2. GabbiM says:

    Hi Jill,
    Thanks for your writing! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award, here’s the link http://veggiegirllife.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/spreading-the-joy-liebster-award-nominee/


  3. D says:

    You just simply have a lovely blog and I share your love for wine for that you deserve a nomination (which I see you were on a roll) though I am not sure you need it but it’s my way of affirming how your blog interest me — http://mydecadelongtravels.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/first-nomination-one-lovely-blog-award/



    1. Jill Barth says:

      How fun, to be nominated! With thanks for reading! —cheers—


  4. Bonjour Jill, it’s lovely to “meet” another writer with a passion for Provence! But I love all of France and Paris is super special. I look forward to future posts and pics from the places that you find special. Amicalement, Gai


  5. Gai Reid says:

    hi Jill
    I had a notice this morning that you are following “Speaking of France”. I wanted to let you know that it’s an old blog, no longer in use. I thought it had been deleted! My current site is “Postcards from France”, so I hope you’ll join us on that site instead.


    1. Jill Barth says:

      How strange! I’m following Postcards… looking forward to getting one or two from places lovely & fun. Thanks for following!


  6. wendyulfers says:

    Jill, I don’t know how you found my blog, but I’m glad you did because now I have found yours! Yoga and wine are both high on my list of favourites. Or, I should say, champagne! I did a story on that last fall, called “Tasting the Stars”. I will enjoy keeping up with your Euro travel and tasting adventures.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jill Barth says:

      Thanks Wendy! I have to check out your Champagne story. Discovered your blog here on WordPress!

      Glad to have made the connection. Thanks for reading!


  7. Hi Jill,
    Thanks for dropping into my blog and leaving such a fun comment. It made my day. 🙂 So now I’ve found your blog too. We share a very similar work profile – I’m also a freelance food & travel writer, also wrote my first book (but it’s a children’s book), and outside work, I continue to indulge my passion for food and wine, though I have not the expertise in wine like you. Glad to link up, and I look forward to reading your blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jill Barth says:

      I’m always looking for meal (& treat) ideas. My husband does the cooking but we work together…wine & words are my job.

      Congratulation on your book! I’ve got kiddos & reading is the best gift/habit we can pass on…I’d love to hear more about the story.

      I look forward to reading more & hopefully pairing some great wine with your recipes. Cheers!


  8. J. Christina says:

    Enjoy your blog very much. I recently did two wines tours: 1.) Douro River Valley Wine Region-Portugal and 2.) Bordeaux, France & surrounding vineyards. More wine tastings and pairings than I should admit. Fabulous time!


    1. Jill Barth says:

      Wow, very wonderful trips. Love your blog, thanks for sharing your adventures!


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