Blogs, like wine, can be both deceptively simple and arcanely opaque. Jumping from wine and food into the blogosphere seemed a daunting task, and one that might be best avoided. But, the role of Luddite did not appeal. And, life created synchronicities: The necessity of a revised website and blog for TEXSOM; projects that Drew Hendricks MS and I have in the works; Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts’ emphasis on a culinary and beverage web presence; curiosity from friends and guests about what a sommelier does; and, an own enjoyment of writing. Friends Alfonso Cevola and Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D., both of whom write interesting and literate blogs about wine and life, were inspirations.
So, I find myself spending a couple of days in frigid (19 degrees!) Minneapolis visiting Tony Jones. Tony has a great grasp on blogging and social media, teaching both. He has been instrumental in the fruition of this project. Though a first post seemed an impossibility a couple of months ago, this post is evidence that research and perseverance are rewards in themselves. I have learned much, and am continuing to do so, much like the journey to Master Sommelier certification and beyond.