Until three years ago, I knew nothing about wine. But when I visited Napa Valley in October 2007 with a couple of friends — and visited Heitz, Vincent Arroyo, Frank Family Vineyards, August Briggs, Opus One, Failla, and Robert Keenan — all that changed. (In case you’re wondering, the “aha” bottle was a 2005 Failla Estate Syrah.)
Since then, I’ve been back to California wine country on several occasions — and I’m headed there again later this week. I’ve traveled to Mendoza and the Willamette Valley simply to taste wine. And because I live in DC, I’ve visited quite a few wineries in Virginia.
I’m a member of the Society of Wine Educators (pursuing a CSW) and studying for my advanced certification with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. And I’m a writer — check out my most recent pieces in Reuters (Why Does Warren Buffett Hate Oenophiles?) and the World of Fine Wine (States of the Nation).
I also visit a lot of wine blogs. And I’ve always wondered why there aren’t more group blogs — why more folks aren’t trying to offer a comprehensive look at the wine world, on a daily basis. That’s the goal of Terroirist.
Some wine blogs offer value recommendations. Others seek out hidden gems or catalogue tasting notes of impossible-to-acquire bottles. Some cover politics, others examine different viticultural and vinicultural techniques. Many cover the wine industry.
Terroirist.com was launched to change all that — by covering everything, daily.
I hope you’ll enjoy the site!