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

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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Destination: South Africa
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Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to Toronto, Canada to take part in an initiative to further understand South African wines and learn about the PIWOSA group (Premium Independant Wineries of South Africa). What a treat it was … Continue reading →
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ChardonnYAY day!
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Who loves Chardonnay? Apparently many, with a twist on the name to ChardonnYAY, and enough to have a celebratory day! We were to have a tasting here at the store to celebrate this momentous occasion, but alas, it was too … Continue reading →
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The World of Yalumba
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In 1849, a vineyard was planted in Angaston, South Australia, which now makes Yalumba the oldest Australian family winery. Yalumba is also part of an elite group of families in Australia, called ‘First Families of Wine’, with the 12 families … Continue reading →
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National Sauvignon Blanc Day
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Sauvignon Blanc (like malbec) can be found on many wine lists, but unlike malbec, is grown all over the world, with some famous wines coming from the French regions of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume, and from the New World in … Continue reading →
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National Malbec Day
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French or Argentine? When you think malbec, what country comes to mind first? Is it the malbec made popular by the Argentinians where (almost) every winery in the country has one, and it’s found everywhere on restaurant wine lists? Or, do … Continue reading →
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Hotel Aldobrandini
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Italy truly is a family affair. Not just in the wine business, but it seems in other areas too. Booking hotels in a foreign country can be interesting to say the least. You go by reviews, photos, and proximity to … Continue reading →
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The Joy of Wine
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I was reminded on Saturday while dining with friends why I do what I do and why I love it so much. Sometimes I just need to be reminded what the joy of wine is really all about and the reasons … Continue reading →
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An Evening with Catena Wines
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Last week, my boss and I were privileged to be two of only six guests for dinner and a tasting of some exclusive (higher-end) wines from the Bodega Catena Zapata of Argentina. Anyone who knows me, will know that Argentine … Continue reading →
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Geeky Grape Girl (G3) – Part 2 Answers
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It’s Friday, so it must be answer day to the geeky grapes question! I’m happy to report that at least one person attempted to answer the questions, which I received via email! And the individual even gave me the reference … Continue reading →
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