Of Wine and Widgets

December 28, 2010

in Travel,Wine

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.

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marsha finney December 29, 2010 at 11:01 am

Good for you! I want Tony to come back to Dallas and teach again. I had to miss the last time he was here. I go to Cochran Chapel UMC and would love to be able to help ramp up our website and blog. Not to mention my own personal efforts are fairly pathetic!

Alfonso Cevola January 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

alright! you have now fallen into the blog-bog! Great to have you aboard!

Wine Curmudgeon January 6, 2011 at 10:45 am

Welcome to the fray, James… We can’t have too much intelligent and thoughtful wine talk in the cyber-ether.

Denise Ehrlich January 10, 2011 at 10:28 am

Nicely done James! Congratulations on launching this newest project.

Tina Danze January 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Hey James — Nice going! Thanks for the wine quantity math lesson. Here’s a toast to your first posts, and a big shot of encouragement for the road.

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