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“Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” -Ernest Hemingway
“Wine and wenches empty men’s purses.” -English Proverb
“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” -Benjamin Franklin
“Wine can of their wits the wise beguile. Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.” -Homer, “Odyssey” (9th c. B.C.)
There is a major difference between just doing your job in the food and beverage industry and following your passion. I find there is a turning point where you realize this is not just a job to get you by, but it’s a career. How you carve your career, is your choice. As my career was just beginning, I had the blessing to meet one of Canada’s top women in the wine world, Louise Wilson.
She holds two sommelier certifications, one with the International Sommelier Guild (ISG) and the other with the Wine Spirits Education Trust (WSET). Currently Louise works with one of Canada’s top wine companies, Andrew Peller Limited, and resides in Ontario’s wine region while studying her Masters of Wine. She has been there for me as a mentor in the wine world and as an inspiration to find my own place within this industry.
And the very specific wine gadget of the week award goes to… these strange wine glass and table holding stake things.
If you haven’t heard already, Santa’s been known to hit the vino bottle pretty hard, especially around the holidays. At times, he’s just as absentminded as the rest of us, gifting such awful presents where even the thought going into it doesn’t count. Here’s a list of our top picks for the everyday wine lover that are undoubtedly miles better than any present you received.
Red Nek Wine Glass (US$13.00 per glass)
Who ever said drinking wine has to stay classy? Ditch the pretentious wine tools that you pretend to know how to use, strap on a pair of overalls, and go country. Whether it’s wine or good ole’ fashioned moon shine, Red Nek wine glasses make the perfect present for the modern-day drunkard on the go. Continue reading
There is a Napa Valley that exists on neither map nor vehicle navigation system; a place that so few people ever get to experience. To find yourself here, you must first give up the search for a destination and relinquish to love, passion and an acute awareness that every moment is a beautiful opportunity to live life to its fullest potential. I am speaking of a Napa Valley as lived through the lives of the many hope filled starry eyed individuals known to be in”the industry”. Most wine lovers far and wide make a number of pilgrimages to this Mecca of food and wine. One might see a photo album on facebook dedicated to a recent Napa journey, or quite possibly receive a phone call full of exciting stories of vineyards and life changing 7 course meals. This image of Napa is one most everyone comes to accept and understand. Nearly a year and a half ago I too believed this to be the only kind of Napa there was to experience. What I have found since then has been so drastically different that it has taken me quite some time to truly soak it all in and find the words to tell the story of “The Valley.”