When it comes to wine, I have a penchant for dry and flavorful options. Whether it’s beef or lamb, seafood, or simply enjoying a glass on its own, my wine selection varies depending on the occasion and the food I’m pairing it with. So, how do I decide what to indulge in?

Before visiting a restaurant, I like to peruse the menu on their website. It gives me a chance to plan ahead and anticipate the culinary delights awaiting me. Once I arrive, I enjoy perusing the wine list and selecting a bottle that perfectly complements my chosen dish. For red meat, I lean towards dry and red wines, while seafood calls for a refreshing pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc. And when I want to savor a glass without any accompaniment, tempranillo or malbec hits the spot.

Now, let me make one thing clear: I’m no wine snob. I believe in embracing personal preferences and not getting caught up in rigid rules. Although there’s much I still have to learn about wine, I relish the opportunity to delve deeper into its nuances. My wine journey has taken an unconventional path, as I initially fell in love with people, sales, and marketing before discovering my passion for wine. It was like savoring a delicious dessert, akin to a fine Port.

My approach to wine education is grounded in grassroots experiences. I didn’t even take the WSET exams until later in my career, so my learning has been somewhat unconventional. While traditional wisdom suggests getting educated first, my path unfolded differently. I followed my heart and allowed my enthusiasm to guide me. And now, armed with the knowledge I’ve acquired, I’m excited to embark on my most glorious year yet.

My secret sauce lies in my unwavering drive and my insatiable thirst for knowledge. I absorb information like a sponge, always seeking to expand my understanding of the world of wine. This year holds tremendous promise, and I am determined to grow, both as an individual and as a source of inspiration and education to others.

So, let’s embrace this journey together and see what wonders lie ahead. Cheers to a bright and enlightening future in the world of wine!