Saturday, January 3, 2015

Why I stopped Blogging about Wine and Why I Might Return

Hello old friends. Throughout the last year or so, many people have asked me why I stopped blogging about wine. I decided that after the 100th person asked me, I would write about it so here we go.

I had a very fast and furious love affair with the wine industry only for it to come to a tumultuous halt. You see, I started this blog to compliment my wine education while studying at The International Wine Center. I thought that it would be an excellent way for me to sharpen my skills and change careers. I passed my intermediate certification with the WSET and started what seemed like the never ending journey of volunteerism for any and all wine events in New York .

It was intoxicating (pun intended). I was constantly rubbing elbows with the elite wine crowd, making new friends, constantly tasting coveted and popular wines, and winning a scholarship to the Wine Blogger Conference in 2011. That was one of the most exciting and eye opening experiences that I had on this entire journey.

However, I left there feeling a little more than confused. I spoke to people from all walks of life that had been blogging for years, some even decades all while still working their nine to five. As for me, after two or so years of volunteering, But just like any intern, I wanted a job. If you are not making any money doing something you love, then it is just a hobby and as a single mother, I did not have that luxury or the disposable income to fund the rest of my wine education with at least five more certificates to go and then some.

I also started realizing the pattern of all my fellow wine bloggers on their content and I felt like everyone was saying the exact same thing but putting a witty spin on it, much like myself?  I became bored with writing about my 90th Pinot Noir. I was bored discussing why Moscato went all hip hop on us and why did we care. Where is my Cremant d 'Alsace crew? Where are my Nebbiolo, Vouray and Sekt drinkers?

As I continued tasting my way through the world, I found more and more wine novices getting the exact same education that I was at the International Wine Center just by subscribing to Wine Spectator and Decanter Magazine for a fraction of the cost.

So I decided to do a reassessment of my life and goals. I could continue at a snails pace to scrimp and save for my certifications, or I could go back to college and finish my degree in Media Studies. At least there was some financial aide or loans that you can take out for college.

My introduction into the world of wine was indeed life changing but not career changing. All of my studies seem to be all for naught other than to be the personal Sommelier to my family and friends, which also is very cool but not the intended purpose.

Now, the tides are beginning to turn again. I have some things in the works that are beginning to make me excited about wine again. Trust me, you will be the first to know.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pleasant Suprise

Recently I was introduced to some wonderful wines from Bulgaria and Lebanon. I was very excited because I have been getting bored with the run of the mill wines recently.

One of the reason I love wine so much is because I find it exciting to know how the grapes are grown and which type of soil is used. I love learning how to pronounce varieties and finding out about indigenous grapes.

One of my favorites from the New York Wine Expo are the Ixrsir Wines.

Ixsir is located between Jezzine and Batroun in Lebanon and has been nominated as one of the Worlds greenest wineries in 2011. To the right is the 2012 Grand Reserve White. It is a really beautiful wine with lots of stone  and citrus fruits on the nose, well balanced with just a touch of oak.

Then, while sauntering over to the Italian Pavilion, I has the most delicious dessert wine that I have ever had. It was Moscato Di Scanzo. Seriously, this is sex in a bottle.

The runner up was the 2012 Barisel Moscato Di Asti. It was ice cold and full of peach fuzz goodness. I know that some Moscatos can be too over the top but this one goes in the book.

 Hailing from Turkey, The Vinkara Winery totally rocked my world with the eloquent and Narince,named after an indigenous grape in the Tokat province of Turkey. When I think of all of the tropical fruit aromas in this wine, it takes my palate far away from Turkey but I enjoyed the ride. I love the fullness in the body of the wine, filled to the ends with a balance of acidity that can only resemble the ancient art form a wine making.

Low and behold, just when I thought that I was done, I pass the Bulgaria station pouring the 2011 Villa Yambol Rose. I am normally not one for drinking herbaceous Rose however, I could honestly live on this wine all Summer long. It was floral on the nose, but full of strawberry juice that skated through the muted acidity of this incredible wine.

The travesty of it all is that it is not widely available in New York yet. Of course, that is always the way.

Until next time, Mo Wine!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hold the Cheese, Please

I decided to give up cheese for the Lent season and I am OK with that. This is a time of sacrifice. However, I did not give up wine for Lent and with that being said, Oh how I miss my wine and cheese pairings.

I miss my Port Wine with my Apothic Red, my Cheddar and Cabernet Sauvignon pairings. 
How can I stomach my Malbec without Machengo?

To add insult to injury, the NY Wine Expo is next week with the focus primarily on Italy the day that I am going? WTF? All Italian wines is made to go with cheese or vice versa.

I know, I could always focus on my other love, chocolate but that is not me. Chocolate and wine pairings are not my steelo.

You never know how much something means to you until you give it up. I could go chapter and verse on what wine to have with pizza, cheeseburger, Parmesan everything, etc but people, I tell you, It's a sad situation.

Until the next time, Mo Wine, No Queso!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Mo Wine - New Wine Challenge

With every new year, comes new challenges. This past year held many challenges for me both personally and in the world of wine.

Fortunately for all of us we can bring in the year with new challenges, aka Mo Wine challenges. This year, I want to challenge you to break out of your Pinot Noir paralysis, expand your beyond your Shiraz sleepover and for the love of God, put down the Moscato meetups.

This year, I want to challenge you to try wines from A-Z so we are going to start off the new year with Arneis. Arnies  is a white grape variety that comes from Piedmont, Italy. Not really a heavy hitter in Italy, it fell by the waste side until around the 1980's when there began to be a higher demand for more white wines.

It is said that Arneis means "rascal" in the Piedmont region. So get associated with the little rascal in you by trying one of my favorites, 2006 Deltetto Lange Arneis. This wine boast a golden hue that is full of pear aromas. It is a perfect dry white wine that is full of fruit instead of wood. Balance out your latest recipe of fish tacos with a bottle of this.

Let me know what you think?

Happy New Year - Mo Wine!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Little Wine Bus from the Big City

I recently was invited to go on a day trip to Hudson Valley given by the Little Wine Bus tour. The tour was started by Tania Dougherty in 2007.

This was the Holiday Wine Tour Party and there was many things to celebrate including a small reunion and a birthday party. Happy Birthday again Ozzie! What I really want to celebrate are the all of the fun picture that I had the opportunity to take will visiting Palaia Vineyard. 

We had tasted some very nice wines but the winning wine as their very own "Irene", a white blend of Cayuga White and Seyval Blanc. Cayuga White is a hybrid grape that hails from the Finger Lakes in New York. This wine was very aromatic and crisp, with balanced acidity and oaky undetones.
The surrounding property had some very quirky signs and characteristics, so I decided to share a shot with you.

After my delicious wine slushy at Palaia, we went to visit Benmarl Vineyards to have lunch on the Mountain top.

Saving the best for last, our last stop was  the Brotherhood Winery which is the oldest winery in America, founded in 1910. The winery is routed in such a robust history that they wines here are a tell all product at the heart of it. Although, I am not a fan of New York in general, the Hudson Valley has a very impressive catalog of wining white wines. My favorite was the Riesling.

Check out some of the pictures from the tour on the grounds of Brotherhood.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

2012 80 Sips - NY Style

It is hard to believe that Bottlenotes Around the World in 80 Sips is on its 4th year. I remember the very first event was held at the Manhattan Pavilion and then moved to Espace on 42nd street.

So four years later, her we are with some of the finest of the affordable wines that everyone can enjoy.One of the things that I enjoy most at these events is the opportunity to try some rare wines that I would not normally have access to.