I’m from Rhode Island and have had the opportunity to live in Europe on several occasions through both work and study. Not uncommon, this experience introduced me to the “wine-drinking culture” that Europe is known for.
In 2009, I moved to Bordeaux to obtain an MBA in Wine Marketing & Management. I completed my stage (internship) during the first half of 2010 with a leading wine merchant—the highlight of which was a trip to the ’09 En Primeur Tasting. That fall, I headed to Germany to work the harvest season for a family-owned winery in Nierstein.
I enjoy learning about wine, as well as educating others on the subject. To-date, I hold both the Intermediate and Advanced WSET certificates, as well as the CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) certification from the Society of Wine Educators.
I leave you now with a few of my own personal wine fun facts:
- The wine that got me into wine: Halbtrocken Dornfelder (off-dry red German wine). I was 20, living in Germany and my friends were kind enough to introduce me to this gem 😉 My palate’s evolved a bit since then, but today when I hear consumers requesting a “sweet red” wine, I can certainly understand where they’re coming from.
- The bottle that “did it for me”: The wine that first caught my attention was Cline Cellar’s ’05 Cashmere. In 2006, I was visiting Sonoma with a friend. We stopped at Cline Cellars where I noticed the tasting notes for its Cashmere wine claimed to “taste like chocolate”. Being an avid chocolate fan, I had a hard time believing that wine could actually taste like chocolate… but it did—I was stunned.
- When I decided to get serious: It was early 2008. I was back in Germany, waiting at the bar for some friends to show up. The place was doing a Rioja wine special and I was taken by the word “Rioja” written on the chalkboard. I decided to order it. The bartender asked, “would you like white or red?” Wow, I thought, it comes in both colors. “I’ll have one of each,” I replied. Sure enough, I liked both wines and wound up googling “Rioja”—and that marked the beginning of my wine education.
- Best wine experience: Winning a bottle of 2000 Ch. Figeac (see here)