The end of 2017 is nigh…that means really good reasons to drink #wine and, in particular, bubbles! And while the Lady and I are lovers and club members of our very local Domaine Chandon sparkling wines, we do have quite a tasty spot for Spanish Cava. #Cava is the most renown sparkling wine from Spain and...
I have been immersing myself in the study of #wine in a semi-systematic manner for much of the last 8 years. Indeed, #Vinopanion's 8 year anniversary with @WineLog is approaching in the middle of this month. Yet I have slowly realized that something is lacking in my devotion to the knowledge of the vinous delights: focus, structure and external credibility. You'd think that a trained scientist would have recognized this long ago and I did notice these thoughts in the back of my mind a few years back. But they were always battered back by "where's the time?" and "I'm still receiving plenty of media travel & event invites," along with "my wine consulting services continue to expand." Then I reached last year and I started to recognize some clear patterns in my wine work. While I had plenty of media opportunities and my fellow wine colleagues were continuing to get work, I could see that the pace of my own trade offers beginning to slow down. It was then that I noticed that most of my colleagues began to sport letters after their names on their business cards: they were taking certified educational courses to formalize their wine training. I needed to set up my wine game. It was then that I contacted the good people at Napa Valley Wine Academy (FB, Tw): "help!"
I attend a large number
wine events. That might even be an understatement, to which my fine readers can attest! Thus, I feel that it's saying something to describe an upcoming wine event as one of my favorite series of wine events, ever. The San Francisco Vintners Market
) wine tastings are those exact events: totally fun
, onsite wine purchasing
available, and of course, fantastic wines
to taste in unlimited amounts. And lucky readers, for round 5 (DING) of the #SFVM
, I now have a fat discount
so you cats can partake!
I do a lot of traveling for wine. Just the last 6 months has seen me pop up in New York twice
and Charlottesville once
. Strangely enough, this means that I tend to accumulate a fair amount of wine during my travels (I know, cue the weeping and lamentations
). This does tend to present a Conundrum
, however. When one needs to fly these days, it tends to be very difficult to hide 750 mL of glass-encased liquid.
OK, but that's fine, right? I'll just check my baggage with the bottle of red stashed inside...surrounded by all of my favorite clothes because I just went to NYC for the first time. Hmm...not a recipe for success, especially as I watched the suplex
being applied to my suitcase out on the tarmac. Cue: the Jet Bag
So as it turns out, New York is a pretty damn cool place! My first time in NYC was filled with as much sightseeing, vino networking, shopping, eating and drinking as one could possibly fit into 3.5 days. I was in the city for the first time on another adventure
as Le Wine Buff
for the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB)'s Enjoy Bordeaux
campaign, on a fully paid business trip. While the point of the trip was to attend the Snooth & Ziff Davis TechEnology event and talk about the full awesomeness of affordable Bordeaux wine alongside my LWB colleagues, I was determined to experience as much NYC as I could handle...and I succeeded.