Yesterday, I participated in a Facebook dialogue about the relevance of wine blog awards. Someone commented, Wine blogging is still a thing? I replied yes with a quick why. But, more about that reply later.
Wine blogging, or as I like to call it, wine writing, is one of the top three game changers of my life. When I began this website on June 16, 2011, my goal was to satisfy wine producers who were sending me samples for Twitter tastings. I felt like I owed them something. Come to find out, I didn’t owe them a thing, but it’s taken me five years to discover that I owed it to myself to explore my newfound passion for wine and wine-themed travel.
My first post was a basic summary piece entitled Wining About Asheville, North Carolina. How apropos that my first attempt at wine writing would include a weekend visit to my hometown, a beer town, and my exploration of a few of its wine venues. It would take me until September 28, 2011 before I was brave enough to write about wine itself, a pairing of Gewürztraminer and Kung Pao Chicken. I mean, who was I to be writing about wine? I now understand that being passionate about wine is reason enough to share my thoughts about wines and winery experiences. I hope that across these five years, you have tried a wine or experienced something similar that I shared with you.
However, there’s a personal aspect to putting myself and my writing out here, which brings me back to my reply to the question, “Wine blogging is still a thing?”
My website has been a stepping stone to where I am now, working in the wine business, as well as to paid writing opportunities and fantastic media travel like the Finger Lakes, Mendoza, and TasteCamp. I’ve also gotten to taste wines I’d never gotten to try.
That was the short version of what I was thinking. In 2011, the idea of this website found me teetering on the high wire of life, a college professor looking for something more gratifying than a classroom to satisfy my growing thirst for creativity, adventure, and a change of scenery, both literally and figuratively. Wine and travel writing connected me with like-minded people near and far who would support my relentless cravings for more and give life to my dreams of a different career and life. It offered to me travel opportunities to destinations around the world. I would not know you: the readers, the fellow writers, and the producers who have invited me to visit and sent me diverse and delicious wines to taste. The fact of the matter is that I would not be the person I am today if were not for travelingwinechick.com. On this fifth anniversary, I am damn sure that in this moment, what I write matters.