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

South Africa: My Next Journey Awaits
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Ringing in the new year always gives me pause and makes me reflect on the past year’s accomplishments as well as looking forward to what the new year may bring. I work in retail and the dichotomy between December and … Continue reading →
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What Are you Doing New Years Eve?
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‘Tis the season for bubbles…with International Champagne Day coming up on December 31, not only will Champagne be opened, but other such bubbles too. So what’s your favourite bubbly for not just NYE, but any special occasions? Or do you … Continue reading →
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Life is Short…Drink More Wine.
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Hey, I know it’s been a long time. My aspirations to write a weekly blog pretty much went out the window after my last posting in…October? Life, heartache, loss and writer’s block seem to keep me off the page. My … Continue reading →
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Any Day is a Good Day for Bordeaux
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Not only is the Italian wine selection impressive at the store, but Bordeaux also has its fair share of excellency here. The usual suspects are not here though. You won’t find any Château Lafite, Latour, Margaux or any other first … Continue reading →
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Thank God for Friends – there when you need them.
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I’ve been away from this blog for a bit…all good intentions to write, and then something inevitably comes up. Life has a way of kicking you when you’re down. I’m not sure if any can relate, but it seems that … Continue reading →
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International Albariño Day
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It’s International Albariño Day! I’m so glad they give this grape its due course and deservedly so! It’s crisp, refreshing tropical fruit wines are perfect for a hot summer day to sip on the patio, share a glass with a … Continue reading →
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Collisioni – A collision of music, wine…and food!
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Collisioni 2017 is in the books with successful concerts from Placebo and Robbie Williams, readings from poets, authors and actors, and copious amounts of wine tasted along with a new initiative this year:  Progetto Food. For me, this was my … Continue reading →
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My Favourite Grape…
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I am often asked what my favourite wine is, and my standard answer is always… “whatever is in my glass.” That may seem cliché to a lot of people, but I can never pick just one wine. There are usually … Continue reading →
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Some Interesting (& lesser known) Italian Grapes
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Nothing says interesting like Italian grape varieties, and these two are no exception with some new offerings brought in that are actually quite perfect for “patio” whites and all this hot summer weather we’ve been having! Bombino bianco is most … Continue reading →
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It’s Up To You, New York, New York
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The Big Apple. Doesn’t everyone dream of going there someday, at least to see it? In five days, I will be there, but perhaps not for the reasons that one may think… I would love to see Lady Liberty up … Continue reading →
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