About

Welcome to Savor the Harvest where we share our wine, food, and travel experiences!

Hi from Lynn (and Mark) who love savoring the wine and food harvest!

Our love for, and involvement in both started casually and continues to grow. I find it seriously difficult to pass up wandering isles of a farmers’ market, or even more, hiking through vineyards to a tasting room! (The white and red stripes on the post above signify a GR trail, meaning a great hike, or Grande Randonnée in French.)

Our current base is Bordeaux, France, where we landed late 2016.

I never stop learning and currently hold the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Advanced Wine and Spirits certification (L3), and am a French Wine Scholar (FWS), Italian Wine Scholar (IWS), and most recently, Spanish Wine Scholar through the Wine Scholar Guild. I completed the House of Lustau Certified Sherry Wine Scholar program (CSWS®) with honors, also through the Wine Scholar Guild.

Mark is now a PhD (July 2022). Obtained at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRAE) at their Institute des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin (ISVV) in Bordeaux, France. His ongoing research focuses on the drought stress response of different grape vine varieties and how they modify their water use (succinct version). 

Savor the Harvest is a creative endeavor to share our thirst for adventure and wine. And of course, you have to have food when wine is involved.

We are social on Instagram, Twitter, and sometimes FaceBook where you can follow us.

Feel free to make a comment at the end of any post or send us a private note using the link in the sidebar. Either way, we’d love to hear from you!

savor the wine harvest Douro Valley Portugal Lynn Gowdy Beneath a Douro Valley rainbow.

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.” Amelia Earhart