Erin Swain

som·me·lier /,səməlˈyā/ 

 noun 

 noun: sommelier; plural noun: sommeliers 

 a wine steward. 


For years, I have served as a useful source to those seeking inspiration, help, or advice. I finally decided to own that role and be intentional about it. I started writing about my passions, my thoughts, and curious wonderings about our world. I founded surfingsomm.com with a mission to give others a taste of what goes on in my mind, and I have been at it ever since. 


Surfingsomm.com is truly my own little passion project, gaining more and more traction each day. I hope you enjoy browsing my site and all of the unique content I have to offer. Take some time to explore the blog, read something interesting, and feel free to reach out if you would like to collaborate on a project together. Read on and enjoy!

About Erin Swain

The Roots

My name is Erin Swain and I am a surfer and sommelier. My Wine journey has been a blast.  I  discovered an interest in wine at a very early age (legal age of course) when I was working as at Bon Appétit Magazine in New York. I took advantage of the 'continual education' allocation perk that my company offered and attended all sorts of wine tastings and educational classes in NYC. After a year, I decided to move to Colorado to learn how to snowboard.​While I was a server in a fancy restaurant and met a woman that was a Sommelier. Once I realized that this was an actual Job, I knew it was for me. Snowboarding all day and working in a beautiful restaurant in the evening was a wonderful way of life. After my first season in Colorado, I packed up and headed for the beach. The Outer Banks of North Carolina was the perfect destination. 

Applying the same lifestyle with Surfing and restaurant work, I continued to study wine and enjoy the lifestyle that I created for myself. ​ I became a certified Sommelier in 2007 through the Court of Master Sommeliers. I continued education and completed American Sommelier's Blind Tasting in 2017. Along the way, I worked in dozens of restaurants and was fortunate to work along side many culinary leaders. Now, I am in an amazing place that allows me to share my passions and promote the exploration of food and wine at the Center for Wine and Culinary Arts inside the magnificent Ocean House luxury hotel. ​ My goal here is to develop the CWCA into the leading destination for Wine & Culinary Arts. Along the way, I plan to build a wine team and allow up & coming sommeliers to share their passions and knowledge of the subject to our lovely guests.

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