During my 27 year career in the food and beverage industry I have always enjoyed talking with guests and utilizing my experience and knowledge to enhance their experience. In my new position as the Wine Buyer for West Vail Liquor Mart I will continue to do just that. However, one of my responsibilities is to write a monthly blog. Writing has not been my strong suit, but I will do my best to provide you with useful information on varying topics about wines. Today’s blog is to tell you a little about my experience with wine and my thoughts on what you can expect when you read this blog in the future.
My first memory of enjoying wine goes back to Thanksgiving of 1988. I purchased a bottle of 1985 Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. At the time I was a beer drinking student and had very little knowledge about wine. But, I was invited to dinner and thought a bottle of wine would be an appropriate gift. So why this wine, simply it was a name I had heard of and it was on sale. Turned out to be delicious with black cherry and what I have since learned to discern as cassis flavors, a touch of vanilla and light oak, and integrated tannins. Additionally, the wine’s acidity and low alcohol content (12.4%) was really pleasing to me with dinner.
That experience was a prelude to the style of wine that I personally enjoy to this day, lower alcohol, more acidity, and flavors that complement the food I am enjoying. For me wine is best enjoyed with friends while having a meal. I think all the years I worked in restaurants and had the opportunity to not only see guests enjoying their dining experience with a glass or bottle of wine as well as my ability to taste and learn about wine on a regular basis formed this philosophy for me.
Although I have particular styles of wine I enjoy most, I am very aware of my responsibility to make sure we carry wine that will meet every guests needs. One motto I utilize is that ‘everyone has different taste buds and, thus, different wines that they prefer.’
Going forward you might read a blog about any of the following, individual wine, winemakers, winemaking, wine regions, grape varietals, wine comparisons, specific recommendations, wine and food pairings, and I am sure quite a lot more. I invite you to enjoy the journey with me and perhaps learn a bit and gain interest in trying wines based on these blogs. If you have any questions, suggestions, or corrections please let me know. You can reach me at the store, via phone at 970-476-2675, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.