In this episode of Wine and Dime, I have a conversation with Inga Chira. Inga is the owner of Attainable Wealth Financial Planning, located in Los Angeles, and is also a professor at California State University, Northridge. Inga and I chat about what lead her to financial planning, her passion for teaching finance, and some of the trends she is currently seeing in the industry. I think you will enjoy the conversation as much as I did, so pop open a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy the show!
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Before pursuing a Ph.D. in finance, I worked in benefits administration dealing with issues such as setting up medical plans and understanding the tax implications of life insurance. Currently, I teach finance and financial planning, I do financial plans, I answer all kinds of finance related questions, and I manage money. I also do research about what motivates people to save for retirement, how financial planners can help in that quest and the link between money and happiness. Recently, I wrote a fun book about personal finances. You can find it here: Mastering Money – A Simple Guide to Achieving Financial Success
Inga joined the faculty at CSUN in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Finance and Financial Planning. She has a Ph.D. in Finance from Florida Atlantic University and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). Inga's research is mostly concentrated around two fields: corporate finance and financial planning. Her current projects explore the use and perceptions individuals have about the financial planning profession and the drivers that motivate people to save. One of her main goals at CSUN is to increase student interest in the financial planning profession.
Valid daily: December 3, 2018 – March 31, 2019
Time: During each winery’s regular tasting room hours. See list below of participating wineries and their hours.
Price: $30.00 plus sales tax, one passport per person. 16 wineries to visit (4 have limited weekday hours)
Visit the Trail during the best time of year: the off season! The Polar Passport gives residents and visitors alike a convenient and affordable way to enjoy many of the wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. And while many people enjoy visiting the wineries during the busy summer and autumn season, the winter season is actually the best time to visit when owners, winemakers and vineyard managers are more likely to be in the tasting room.
Passports are an especially great value for regional residents that can readily visit our Trail more than once per season, enabling them to explore the participating wineries across multiple weeks. Normal tasting fees at the wineries ranges from $3-$5 per winery for a standard flight of wine samples. One-time visitors to the region that plan on visiting at least 8 or more wineries will likely also find this product to be a good value. If your plan is to visit fewer than 8 wineries, then it is probably wise to not purchase the passport, and instead pay the incremental tasting fees that are common to most wineries in the region.
Here is how it works: A passport is a simple document that for a set price enables an individual to enjoy a complimentary, standard flight of wines at each of the participating wineries listed in the booklet, one time each. Once you’ve purchased a passport, you can visit any of the participating wineries during their regular business hours, at your leisure. Each winery will stamp the appropriate space in your passport. There are no blackout dates, and they are good during each wineries’ regular business hours; you may visit some wineries one day, come back at a later date and visit a few more!