Where there’s a wine, there’s a way

photoHey BC wine-lovin’ folks, how’s your year been going so far?

You’ve probably been wondering just what they heck is up with Wine Country BC these days? If you haven’t, well, I’m going to tell you anyways.

I am busy. Busy like I’ve never been busy in any winter before kind of busy. Podcasting took a lot of time and that’s gone by the wayside since 2014 even though I was hoping to get to it in late 2015. But now blogging itself has been taking up more time than I have to spare. So it’s been getting the back burner treatment now for the past 6 months. Which is unfortunate because it is something that I really enjoy doing. However, I’ve found lately that there are a couple of things that I enjoy doing even more.

DSC_0363No, not motorcycling, although that was a big part of the past three summers. My kids are older and more independent now, so I can’t blame them. And no, it isn’t either of my day jobs that are taking up all of my time. Music isn’t a priority this year either although I do have a new instrumental project called “Pairing Notes” that features Naramata flute player Misty Knol which is proving to be a lot of fun.

No. What is taking me away from podcasting and blogging at this time is two things with which I am having an absolute blast and love every minute of each of them. One of them I will be able to share with you when it finished. The other will get me a certificate and probably another little pin that I will probably never wear.

I have been studying for my WSET Diploma since late 2014 and this should be my final year (although it probably won’t be). My last exams are in June and the studying for this particular unit is hardcore. It deals with wine. All wines. Made anywhere in the world. I’ve got to know about them and be able to evaluate twelve of them blind and be able to answer questions about the industry worldwide. This has been my distraction for the better part of the past couple of years and it is all coming down to these last 6 months.

The one I will be able to share with you will not be released until sometime in 2017. I am writing a book about BC wine that is to be published by a familiar Canadian publishing company and it is not something that I ever thought I would do. But here I am researching like there is no tomorrow; spending time buried in public archives, traveling across the province interviewing industry pioneers and legends, and writing about the most new and interesting wine region in the world on the cusp of its debut on the world stage of wine. It’s exciting and I can’t wait to share it with you. I hope you like it.

So, as the studying and research gets compiled and the words get strung together into cogent thoughts, I will be posting here when I can but not often. Calli is also busy as she pursues her studies in Ontario to become a winemaker and will likely not have any time to contribute for a while either.

Rest assured that this is not the end of Wine Country BC, but simply a pause in the program – a grand intermission in the oenophile’s opera. Or at least a pause for this commercial message. I enjoy the medium too much to just let it go and will always be around.

Cheers from wine country!


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