Moving to a bigger market, would like input - Seattle / Chicago / Cali

Hello everyone! I currently reside in Asheville, North Carolina. I've been here for just over two years, and have struggled to make anything of my wine education (WSET L3, Intro CMS). I'm looking to move to a bigger market, somewhere with better resources and access to education, better wine programs, more established wine culture. 

I figured obvious choices are Seattle, WA, Chicago, IL, and several in CA. If you're in one of those markets, I'd like to pick your brain and chat a bit. I will make it to those places this year to scope out the scene, but in the meantime, e-mail, video chat, Skype, and the like would be perfect.

For those in Seattle in particular, I will be there from tomorrow until Wednesday evening, and you will see me at the Symposium if you're attending. 

If you'd like to link up, you can e-mail me at 

Thanks for reading!