This is our 150th post in less than 2 years, and number 90 this year. Two years ago I would have laughed it you had told I would be writing this. Things change, just not always they way we would predict!
I didn't have my good camera today. I apologize for the camera phone shots. Whatever did we do with less technology?
I dropped in at the Bottles Wine & Beer shop today in the North End of Boston. I had been looking through some Boston wine websites and saw info on the Second Glass 2nd Annual Wine Guide, and that they might have it available at Bottles a short walk from my office. What a cool place! Purveyors of both wines and beers, this place can fulfill many food and beverage pairing dreams. Peter emerged from the back and asked how I was and if there was anything he could help with. I explained what had drawn me there and he said he didn't think they had any of the wine guides left, but I was in luck because I had could have his copy complete with a "Hello My Name Is" sticker on the front. I explained I could pick up a copy online, but Peter insisted. Awesome service for sure.
So as I walked back to the office I got to thinking more about the conversation I had with Peter at Bottles. I know what the background knowledge is that I want to learn about the winemaking regions of the world, but what is the best way to fit that into my current blogging activities. An answer came quickly. The Ancient Fire World Winemaking Region Tour will be kicking off shortly, and the first region we will visit (virtually of course!) will be Ribera del Duero in Spain. Margot and I will be researching each selected region to learn the history, culture, winemaking origins and cuisine. We will then re-create a meal and select a wine from that region to pair with the meal. To finish it off we will share our research and pairing experience with you. Expect the report on the Falernia wine when we get to Chile and its winemaking regions.
I have already ordered wines to get us well underway (thank you wine.com for having excellent deals on good wines and 1 cent shipping if I bought 12 bottles or more) and we expect to profile two regions per month. Research and planning will take some time for each, and we will inevitably run into the need to source ingredients to cook with that might not be easy to find where we normally shop. This project will help me better understand the wine regions around the world leaving the geographic memorization for a cramming exercise right before the exam. Having substance behind the regional information will prove to be a huge asset for sure.
The decision to train to be a sommelier was based on a new life strategy to be more open to opportunities as they come along and grab on when they do. This new mindset is working out incredibly well and I am very excited about the experiences I am having as a part of it.
p.s. Right before I headed into the office I noticed Clover was busy again. Love that place!