It’s 2021 and time words and wine meet to create this space where I share my thoughts, notes, stories.
Here we go…
It all started in London, six years ago!
I ended up there for love ❤️.
Yeah I really mean cliché, love. I followed my partner there after he landed a software job in a startup. I too, joined that budding startup London scene, now renowned for single speed bikes and flat whites.
So, I found myself in rainy London, on track with a steady job, with my loved one and, thus, bound to find happiness.
Two years in and I had achieved it all, or almost…
Moved to London? Check!
Got a job in a promising start-up with flexible hours, colourful couches, free food, free Friday beers…? Done!
Be with my lover? Yup!
Found happiness? Well…
Why was the equation not giving the expected result?
No worries, you are not in for a soap opera.
I won’t start complaining that my relationship hadn’t turned out to be what I thought, bla, bla, bla. It was way more cliché than that.
It was the greyness. The grey London sky. The grey hue of office Mondays. The grey realisation that I was not that excited about my job.
But, it was all simply too convenient.
Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t depressed or anything, I was just down.
My partner came up with the perfect present.
A professional sommelier course.
It was perfect for me indeed. I could indulge in one of my greater vices, I mean passions… yet justify the time spent, the wine drank, the energy conveyed, all in the name of learning.
Plus, being a professional course, it was more respectable, it wasn’t an amateur 30 hours affair. It was a solid year long, weekly commitment. It came with books to study, a proper, multiple-phase exam, a blind tasting and all that.
That did it, my excitement was back!
All week I looked forward to the Tuesday evening when the course was on. I was visiting wine shops, organising tastings at home, studying my notes and books.
I was hooked.
And London was perfect for my learning journey, there were industry wine tastings on all the time.
One could attend 4 or 5 wine tastings a week. You could find a tasting on anything, covering wine from any corner of the world. There were vertical tastings, horizontal tastings, perpendicular ones, anything.
Well… I followed the course, studied the books, passed the exam (brilliantly ahem 🤓), attended plenty of tastings, met tons of producers, asked countless questions… And in summary, I developed into the taster I am now.
In 2021, we have now left London and moved back to a southern corner of Europe.
Here, now, I start this blog to share my wine adventures, thoughts and notes.
So, welcome to my wine micro world, I hope you will enjoy it and through it start:
- being more adventurous in your wine choices;
- find out about new wine trends;
- get inspired on how to pair wine and food;
And fundamentally, enjoy wine more.