In case anyone has noticed, Uncorked Remarks been sort of incognito since late last year. I hate it when real life gets in the way of things I really want to pursue. So, I thought that I would share a quick summary of what’s going on lately.
Right now I’m finishing up the WSET Advanced program in Wine & Spirits. It’s an insane exercise in memorizing global wines, their regions, grape varieties, soil types, spirits, etc. It’s a lot of fun but requires hours of study & exam preparation. Not to mention, evaluating minute differences in taste & color under the scrutiny of instructors and an online audience. But I digress. I have to say that it’s a great distraction from the everyday rat race. I have aspirations of completing the full diploma program, which doesn’t get any easier. The exam is in May, wish me luck.
I still visit wineries on a regular basis, but have taken a step back for awhile. I wanted to enjoy the experience without the distraction of taking pictures & scribbling tasting notes. The posts will eventually return, I’m itching to get back into it. I have great passion for the wine industry & respect for all of the awesome people I have met through this endeavor. I want to thank the following gracious hosts for providing memorable visits during my sabbatical. You guys make it all worthwhile!
Carley, Andrea & Cliff – Penns Woods Winery
Tim, C.J. & Tracy – Twin Brook Winery
Karen – Brandywine Valley Wine Trail
Mario & Pam – Patone Cellars
Dr. Brad, Lele, Alicia & Catrina – Galer Estate
Karen & Janell – Serpent Ridge Winery
Drew – Old Westminster Winery
Please forgive me if I missed anyone. I almost certainly did and it most certainly was not intentional.
This is day two of Philly Wine Week and I’ll be celebrating with a class on sparkling wines on Tuesday, a blind tasting with classmates on Thursday and ongoing studies. Not exactly the happy hour filled week I had in mind. I admit that it probably falls into the First World Problems category so I’ll keep any complaints to myself. If any local wine lovers are looking for something to do this week, check out the diverse events planned in restaurants & wine bars around the city during and take advantage of Philly’s growing wine presence. Please click HERE for full details.
This is starting to sound like an Oscar speech, but I want to extend gratitude to my classmates Beth (aka TravelingWineChick) of Anderson’s Conn Valley for her tireless dedication to exam preparation and Dan from Pinot Boutique for offering up his facility for blind tastings.
Last, I would like to thank my wife, Fran for her patience during my seemingly never ending mid life crisis.
I had a full four day weekend planned in July for the North American Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara, California. I was really looking forward to this. Even though this event fell in direct conflict with Fran’s birthday, she was ok with me going. I opted to cancel the trip and spend the weekend with her. This will be the fourth consecutive one that I’m missing but there will be others.
Attention WBC organizers, maybe the next one on the East Coast? Maybe?
I promise that it won’t be another five months before my next post. Thanks for reading.
— Doug Z.