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Allow Me to Introduce Myself...

Posted by guest, Feb 20, 2008.

[ Snooth is pleased to welcome its newest contributor Robert Scibelli , lecturer and administrator at New York's premier wine school, International Wine Center . Robert earned his Diploma certificate in 2005, and currently leads private and public tastings to individuals and restaurants.]

As this is my first post as a guest blogger for I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Robert Scibelli and I am primarily a lecturer and administrator for International Wine Center a New York based wine school specializing in the certificate programs of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust the highest level of which - the Diploma - I was fortunate enough to earn in 2005. In addition to IWC I occasionally write about wine, lead private and public tastings for both wines and spirits consult to individuals and small restaurants and - most importantly - remain a student of both the wines and spirits world. In the not too distant past I was manager of one of New York’s premier all-Italian wine boutiques Vino . This afforded me the luxury of immersing myself in my first and longest-lived love in the world of wine and you can read my introduction to the wonderful world of Italian wines on this site. I have been involved with the wine industry in one form or another for the past ten years and I like to think that somewhere along the way I may have formed an opinion or two that would be worth discussing in a wider forum.

Or maybe not, and that does lead me to ponder what it is I can add to the readers’ experience here at Snooth. When you decide to spend a few moments of your valuable time reading these entries I want to make sure that it is not time wasted. I look around and see great entries on wine & food, current issues and insightful commentary on various other topics of interest. I would like to follow this standard and keep these entries informative but light hearted, topical but not fleeting and broad based but of specific interest to the individual reader. I do hope to write much about Italian wine on this blog but I don’t want it to be limited to this, admittedly vast, topic and I hope that the readers will follow me along as I create the voice and atmosphere of these entries.

I will return here in two weeks time with more concrete musings on the greater world of wine, I hope you will join me then. If you have actually taken the time to read this introduction I would ask that you leave a note describing what it is you look for in wine writing in general and wine blogs specifically as the proliferation of both seems to indicate people do consume these things with enthusiasm if not gusto and I am always one to begin a dialog by listening to other people speak. That is all for now and thank you for your time - Robert


Blog comment by annie, Feb 20, 2008.

Hi Robert. You taught my advanced certificate Italian lesson this fall. Nice to have you as part of the snooth community!

Personally, i love when wine writing is approachable. I find that it can be on occasion a bit too technical or even lofty. I like to read about wine when it relates to real life, the world, and our enjoyment of said world.

looking forward to reading!

Reply by Philip James, Feb 20, 2008.

Robert - welcome to Snooth. We're very glad to have you aboard.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Feb 21, 2008.

Welcome, Robert. I look forward to your future musings on the wine world. I have a growing interest in region specific wine information -- what can I expect from wines in a certain region? How do the government and culture and food effect the wine that is produced there? I feel my knowledge of Italian wine is particularly lacking -- as it seems so intricate a topic any information you can provide would be a great read.

Blog comment by chris, Feb 21, 2008.

Great to have another expert around! It'll probably be awhile before I can take the IWC advanced, but I'm always up for learning something new.

Reply by Kirstin, Feb 25, 2008.

Really looking forward to your forthcoming musings on the wine life.

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