I'm new to Snooth - just stumbled onto it while browsing for some hard-to-find juice... I'm also fairly new to the wine world. About six years ago a friend and I stopped into a wine tasting in Destin, FL and had the opportunity to taste a '99 Shafer Hillside Select. I fell in love with wine, in particular my favorite grape - Cab Sauv - and the rest is... well, history... sort of. I'll be taking certification courses through the ISG starting next month and, in the meanwhile, I've been slowly building a modest collection of some of my favorite labels.
I suppose that my favorite aspect of wine is that it is, often quite literally, the fuel for socializing. I've spent many a long night with some good friends and a couple bottles, discussing everything from the latest David Lynch film to the perils and pitfalls of modern philosophy (are those the same topic!?).
A great wine can make a song sound different, it can make a view out of nearly any landscape, and it can be the great equalizer.
I'm very interested to see as much of this wide world of wine as possible, and to meet as many of the unique people who populate it, and along the way discover and share some good wine with some great people.
- Reply by oceank8, Aug 21, 2008.
Welcome! I love that you mention the social aspect, it's something often forgotten but probably one of the most important parts. After all, we wouldn't be on this forum if we didn't enjoy the social aspect involved with drinking.
You mentioned certification courses, what to you hope to do?
- Reply by Philip James, Aug 21, 2008.
Welcome to snooth! Whats the ISG? I've not heard of that certification.
You also mentioned wine making music sound different. You should check out these posts about pairing music and wine: http://blog.snooth.com/category/music/
Hope you enjoy the site
- Reply by davidrey, Aug 21, 2008.
@ k8 - Thanks for the welcome! ISG is the International Sommelier Guild. They offer Level 1 & 2 certifications. The International Wine Guild is also offering Guild Certifications here in Denver, CO where I live. Of course - learning about wine can be done formally as well as informally - sometimes a person can learn all they need to in the first sip. But, as I said before, I know I want to be involved in the industry in some capacity... and I'm looking for experience and knowledge wherever and whenever I can find it.
@Philip - Thanks for pointing me to the posts about pairing wine and music - I've often quipped that if wine could be paired with food in such a way that they complement and enhance each other, why not pair wine with movies, music, weather..? Heck - I even have a friend that I only drink Bordeaux with... sort of a Wine/Company pairing... ;)
- Reply by Philip James, Aug 22, 2008.
No problem - Adams posts are pretty cool. Not sure what sort of music you listen to, but he has access to some exclusive tracks across a wide range of genres (he's in the music business)
- Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 22, 2008.
Hey welcome to Snooth! Feel free to fill us in on your ideas on David Lynch or modern philosophy -- or get a discussion going.