Joy of Wine

I am a wine enthusiast working towards a diploma in Wine Appreciation and Education. I am a Certified Wine Steward through the International Sommelier Guild (ISG), and have obtained the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits.

Recent Blog Posts

Not just Another Evening with Friends
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Sometimes as life moves along, and there’s stuff to be written, it just doesn’t get down on paper…it’s the same stuff, blah, blah, blah. Writing about tasting wines (again), teaching about wines (again), learning about wines (again), it just gets … Continue reading &...
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So….What’s Next?
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There haven’t been many posts as of late. Upon my return from South Africa, the studying began again in earnest as I prepared to write (yet again) the exam for Italian Wine Expert.   After the heartbreaking result of 89 … Continue reading →
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South African Adventure – Journey’s End Vineyards
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For four weeks, I am here in South Africa learning all I can about the ins and outs of winemaking, daily chores in the cellar and picking fruit in the vineyards. You never know what will happen in the cellar … Continue reading →
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South African Adventure – The Story of Creation
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No, not that Creation, but rather the winery in Hermanus known as Creation. This place must be doing something right as it was extremely busy with people waiting under the umbrellas outside in the wind to get in to have … Continue reading →
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South African Adventure – De Grendel Wine Farm
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I’ve discovered what a wine farm really is…more than just wine, De Grendel, at 7 km from the Atlantic Ocean and 180 m above sea level, boasts a massive landscape with not only wine being produced, but blueberries, cattle, sheep … Continue reading →
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South African Adventure – Day 1 & 2
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Sometimes life deals you a hand you can’t refuse…yup, again, I am blessed, to not only be participating in my first harvest, but to do it in South Africa is beyond anything I ever imagined. I have my own little … Continue reading →
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South Africa: My Next Journey Awaits
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Ringing in the new year always gives me pause and makes me reflect on the past year’s accomplishments as well as looking forward to what the new year may bring. I work in retail and the dichotomy between December and … Continue reading →
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What Are you Doing New Years Eve?
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‘Tis the season for bubbles…with International Champagne Day coming up on December 31, not only will Champagne be opened, but other such bubbles too. So what’s your favourite bubbly for not just NYE, but any special occasions? Or do you … Continue reading →
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Life is Short…Drink More Wine.
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Hey, I know it’s been a long time. My aspirations to write a weekly blog pretty much went out the window after my last posting in…October? Life, heartache, loss and writer’s block seem to keep me off the page. My … Continue reading →
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Any Day is a Good Day for Bordeaux
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Not only is the Italian wine selection impressive at the store, but Bordeaux also has its fair share of excellency here. The usual suspects are not here though. You won’t find any Château Lafite, Latour, Margaux or any other first … Continue reading →
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