Joy of Wine

I am a wine enthusiast working towards a diploma in Wine Appreciation and Education. I am a Certified Wine Steward through the International Sommelier Guild (ISG), and have obtained the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits.

Recent Blog Posts

For The Love of Champagne
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There’s this lure about Champagne; she seduces us with her fine bubbles, her lineage, her cache, chicness, and sometimes, that je ne sais quoi. Somm’s adore her…in fact there’s not one wine professional out there who I know that doesn’t … Continue reading →
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Not Just Another Italian Grape-(#ItalianFWT)
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A year ago, I took part in La Famiglia di Amarone tasting at the Collisioni Festival in Barolo. The great family wineries (and there are many) that make the style of Amarone – wine made from a blend of dried … Continue reading →
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Living Life to its Fullest
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I love it when people celebrate birthdays. No, not your kid’s first birthday, or their 13th or 18th, but a 65th or 70th, 80th and 90th birthday!  Now those are really worth celebrating! Imagine my delight and surprise to be … Continue reading →
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Lacrima – The Aromatic Jewel in Le Marche’s Crown (#ItalianFWT)
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Le Marche, one of the lesser known and less traveled regions of Italy is in my books, an unsung hero of the country. Located on the east side of the country, halfway down the Adriatic coast, it has everything going … Continue reading →
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The Other Side
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I’ve been involved in wine for approximately the last 10 years, all of it ending in a culmination of a great job, titles and some serious certifications. The carrot was always dangling in front of me, and after completion of … Continue reading →
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Pelaverga Anyone?
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was the first time I’d tasted this grape, having no idea what it was, or even how to pronounce it! I was in Vancouver at the Wine Festival, where Italy was a special guest and I was able … Continue reading →
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Not just Another Evening with Friends
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Sometimes as life moves along, and there’s stuff to be written, it just doesn’t get down on paper…it’s the same stuff, blah, blah, blah. Writing about tasting wines (again), teaching about wines (again), learning about wines (again), it just gets … Continue reading &...
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So….What’s Next?
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There haven’t been many posts as of late. Upon my return from South Africa, the studying began again in earnest as I prepared to write (yet again) the exam for Italian Wine Expert.   After the heartbreaking result of 89 … Continue reading →
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South African Adventure – Journey’s End Vineyards
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For four weeks, I am here in South Africa learning all I can about the ins and outs of winemaking, daily chores in the cellar and picking fruit in the vineyards. You never know what will happen in the cellar … Continue reading →
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South African Adventure – The Story of Creation
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No, not that Creation, but rather the winery in Hermanus known as Creation. This place must be doing something right as it was extremely busy with people waiting under the umbrellas outside in the wind to get in to have … Continue reading →
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