I spent last weekend surrounded by an amazing group of smart, talented, passionate people at the 5th annual Wine Bloggers’ Conference; my second one. The WBC is packed with activities geared toward wine bloggers, industry bloggers, and other wine and social media professionals – have a look at the agenda here. My time was filled with wine tasting, socializing, and learning. I left the conference enthused and greatly inspired.
Inspired to do what? Good question, thanks for asking.
Make wine in 2012 – a completely amateur undertaking, but an important one in my continuing wine education. I’ve made wine since the 2006 vintage but sat out 2011 due to vineyard rain/mold issues. I was still contemplating 2012, but no longer – hoping to follow up 2010 with another Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Making
mediocre my own wine helps me further appreciate great wine, putting it in perspective. There are an infinite number of variables from vineyard to bottling and beyond that directly impact the finished product. In addition to the variables, there are small windows of time through the winemaking process in which the vintner must act. Hence, I equate an “epiphany” wine, a wine with great structure and balance, to nothing short of a beautiful miracle.
Allocate more time to WINEpiphany, aka write more often. To accomplish this, I am going to also incorporate writing about wine with my career as a Registered Nurse and with my passion for photography. The photo part is easy – I’ll compile and post collections of photos from various wine events, tastings, and wine travel. As a medical/surgical RN in a hospital setting, I read many journal articles – some of which relate components of wine with health. I’ll decipher that research. The idea of consolidating wine and medicine unfolded through discussion with Becca Yeamans at WBC. Her writing integrates degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences with research related to enology and viticulture. Have a look at her blog The Academic Wino. Thanks Becca.
Dive deeply into the concepts presented by Tim Gaiser MS at WBC breakout session on Neuroscience of Wine Tasting. Tim’s research utilizes principles of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a science created in the 1970s, to develop a specific skill set for analyzing wine aromas and flavors. This was one of the most fascinating wine seminars I’ve ever attended; deserving of it’s own upcoming blog post.
I’ve also been flirting with the idea of study for WSET Advanced certification, again for personal fulfillment and knowledge. Funny thing, I get plenty of it as RN, but I kind of miss the adrenaline and comradeship of my restaurant days. No one can be sure of what the future holds but it’ll be interesting the see how this all converges.