Monday, March 28, 2016

Highlights of the Year Past

It has been very exciting this past year (and a half), and I've been utterly remiss in updating here. My apologies! I am happy to report that:
  • I earned my WSET Advanced Certification and embarked on the journey towards the WSET Diploma, which I hope to earn by the end of the year.
  • I am helping online retailer Belmont Wine Exchange expand the business and tailor product offerings.
  • I passed WSET teaching certification and now teach WSET courses - teaching keeps me sharp! 
  • I help people, restaurants, and organizations create wine programs, pairings, and curate collections.
I have never been more thrilled to continue learning and sharing about one of the things I enjoy and love most - wine (and spirits ... and food)! 

Most excitingly, I and Belmont Wine are participating in the Bordeaux En primeur for the first time this year, meaning we will be scoping out the 2015 vintage of Bordeaux wines before they're officially released. I am traveling to Bordeaux the first two weeks of April to see, meet, taste, and learn! I'll report regularly to share with you what I'm excited about. I can't wait! Be sure to check back.

In the meantime, I'd like to share with you some ...

Highlights of the Year Past

Visiting Burgundy - this was way more than a year ago and is the reason I began this blog

Bottling Chardonnay at Marta's Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Meeting winemaker Aaron Pott

Holding a 6 liter bottle for the first time

Managing Belmont Wine's first tradeshow, in Shanghai

Meeting winemaker Paul Hobbs

Successfully removing a very squishy 1959 Lafite Rothschild cork

Throwing a party featuring Bordeaux from Bernard Magrez (Pape Clément, etc.) at Belmont Wine, with Lionel Labat and Ludovic Bristeau

Meeting David and Carla Ramey of Ramey Wines

Sabering a bottle of bubbly (with a wushu sword) after passing the Diploma Unit 3 exam

Attending the Wine Spectator Grand Award party at The Plumed Horse restaurant in Saratoga, California - congratulations to Josh, Jeffrey, and Everyone on their achievement!

It's wonderful to be back! I'll update soon about En primeurs in Bordeaux. Thank you for being here - it will be a great journey.