At times, writing and teaching about wine can be a solitary experience. That's why I was happy to engage in some human to human contact at the recent Wine Tourism Conference held in the welcoming wine country town of Paso Robles, California.
As with most events of this kind, there was an often dizzying array of seminars to choose from, people to meet and re-connect with, and information to absorb.
Here is a quick and dirty rundown of what I considered to be the main take-aways, many of which were repeated over the course of the conference.
With a new year on the horizon, it's time to get organized.
Since I began posting on the Northwinds Wine blog in the summer of 2011, many things have changed - in a variety of exciting ways!
I have been given the opportunity to write for wonderful sites, such as Wine Folly, International Wine Accessories Blog, Examiner.com and Tripatini. The International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association deemed me an "Emerging Writer" worthy of note, encouraging me to travel and share my experiences.
Training is still a large part of what I do - working with some terrific wineries to get their tasting rooms up and running or bringing new team members up to speed. And speaking at events such as the San Diego International Wine Show and the Wine Tourism Conference have only increased my enthusiasm for helping to create well informed and gracious ambassadors of the wine industry.
In that light, I have decided to devote the website blog to more 'training-centric' posts, focusing on service, sales and education for all.
My pieces that are more travel/wine or food/wine oriented will be posted on the other sites that have welcomed me into their folds. I will continue to list links on the "articles by" page here on the website.
I hope you will continue to follow me on my adventures. There is a speaking engagement in the Champagne region of France in the Spring, lots of wines to be sipped and shared and stories to tell. And it's all more fun with your company!
Wine lover, educator and writer.