I decided to give wine a go ever since one of my best friends bought me an inaugural bottle of wine (2007 Burrowing Owl Syrah) on my 19th birthday. I decided to give this whole wine thing a try, because I give everything a try – just like those hip hop classes I took for a good three weeks before deciding that I flail in all the wrong directions, perhaps because I was born in an equally-as-clunky year for wine grapes. Alas. 24 years into my life and I’m still appropriately clunky and maybe a bit corked.
I was curious and bored, so wine education seemed like a natural awesome route. I pursued the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Advanced Certification with Distinction and helped lead UBC’s Wine Tasting Club. Further feelings of monotony with most of my university studies (except for that Science One year-end project and scientific paper on muffins which I still can’t believe they let me do) convinced me to start writing articles for UBC’s student-run newspaper (scroll down), and years later I’ve since been invited back to said UBC program to give a guest lecture on (the science of) wine. I’ve also worked in both retail and restaurants. ID please?
I am a recent WSET Diploma graduate – apparently the youngest to have done so thus far in British Columbia, Canada. I have blogged about it from its beginning (besides Unit 4 – Spirits); click here for a diary of such agony.
I love writing in particular, whether that be in my dumb journal, some fiction, or on wine, and along the way I’ve earned a scholarship to attend the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference. I’ve also become a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, which is pretty cool. Talking about wine is fun, so I’ve also held my own tastings and seminars on wine. Contact me for drunk schooling!
I’m currently involved with a startup in San Francisco that revolves around the molecular reconstruction of wine. Don’t worry – I’m working on adding more metallic garments to my wardrobe.
Non-alcoholic interests include photography, science, writing, languages, making music, and Game of Thrones. That’s right y’all, I’m not just a pretty drunken face.