To begin this new adventure of bringing my passions and self-acceptance to life, I am taking many new angles of self-reflection. The least of which has been revamping my website. In many ways, I tried to fly before I knew how to walk. So I decided to revisit what it is that I have 'been' and been doing for the past 10 years.
What is a Sommelier?
I was a junior in college, 21 years-old, and I signed up for a class with the International Sommelier Guild. I graduated in 2009, in the middle of the recession, with a degree in Gender Studies and Philosophy. I loved school, but I didn't know what I was going to do. Less than a year later, I packed my life into my truck and moved to Napa where I worked in a winery tasting room and for a James Beard award-winning chef. At 26, I was working for a fine wine distributorship in Phoenix and studying Burgundy on the side. I am so incredibly grateful for all of the experiences I've had but I never felt like I knew what I was doing. Not that I didn't understand the job requirements or the difference between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, but I didn't know what the real goal was, what it meant or why I was doing it.
Not that much has changed, but in coming back to where I began and considering the experiences I've had, I have a different perspective on what I do and why I do it. I have always loved wine for the way it flows through the history of human civilization, brimming with politics and economics. But it wasn't until I started studying wine that I realized it could teach me something about myself. That I could learn how to smell, taste and feel, differently than I had before.
I have also been going to yoga classes since I was in high school, but it wasn't until committing myself to studying the practice, that I began to see how much more about myself I still have to learn. Maybe I'm slow or maybe I'm just open to learning.
Either way, what is being a SOMM to this one?
A person fascinated by wine as it relates to people, places, experiences and ideas - in the past, today and tomorrow - as well as someone committed to hospitality and hopes to share their discoveries, love and joy with others.
"Good company, good wine, good welcome, can make good people."
- William Shakespeare
Sometimes I want to be good, sometimes I want to be bad. Just how it is…