After 15 years in the wine business, I finally decided to share my thoughts and experiences with others. I have found a great deal of interest among other wine drinkers and thought this might be a way to bring a few more people together.
For over 12 years I had been employed at a boutique wine shop in Illinois. I'd been through 3 separate owners. My running joke is that they have to put me into the contract when they sell the shop. What they haven't determined is if I fall on the asset or liability side of the income statement. That's a joke for all you accountants out there. I also get asked how did I become so knowledgeable. My answer: "I drink A LOT of wine!"
In the last few years with the shop, I had been actively involved in the purchasing and marketing of wines for the shop. I grew to have a true passion for wine and a desire to help others to learn or experience wine, whatever their interest might be.
I had recently gotten back into the wine biz as the Wine Steward for Sullivan's Steakhouse in Naperville. Pretty short stint, but well worth the experience. Other than actually working for a winery, it's about the only job I hadn't yet tried.
Additionally, I have taken the title of "Wine Ambassador." Just a fancy title letting people know that I pour for various wine distributors when they need assistance with wine tastings around the area. Maybe you've seen me or will? For those that like the alphabet soup after a person's name, I've taken the CWS designation. In my case, however, it means "Certified Wine Snob." Least not you be confused (leave that to me) that refers to the fact that I am very fastidious in my selection of wines, not that I drink only expensive stuff. I like most expensive stuff, but I love finding that hidden gem at a great price.
This blog is a further enhancement of those same passions in my life. While I could tell you much more about me and my life, I will choose the appropriate time while writing my blogs.
Thank you all.