Monday, August 23, 2010

Life, Wine and a New Direction

After taking a small hiatus from my blog, I am back! It is amazing how life can demand your full attention. My focus has been on finding a new apartment and job. Happily, I have been successful at both and as a result, I have become stronger and finally feel more settled into this new phase of life. On the other hand, for the first time in 3 years, my "day-job" is no longer in the wine industry. This is partly due to choice but mostly due to circumstances. I have to say it is a refreshing change of pace. I feel as if wine had come to define me. I was so consumed in the small world of the wine industry (and believe me, it is small,) that I often didn't leave that realm. Don't get me wrong, wine is still a passion of mine and I will forever be connected to the industry. But I have taken some time to take a welcomed step aside. It is amazing how consumed I was. I often compare the wine industry to the fashion industry. They are both fast paced, it is all about who you know, the latest trends, events and keeping track of new comers. Slowing down my pace has had an amazing effect on my relationship with wine.

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For the first time in a long time, I find myself no longer searching for the best adjective to describe a wine, in fact, I don't need any at all. I feel as if I have lost touch with the joy of just enjoying a glass of wine. For the first time, I had a glass of wine without talking about it, without searching for words to describe it, I just sit back, drink and relaxed. I believe that wine truly deserves respect and silence in order to understand it, it will tell you so much more that way.

As I move forward with this blog, it will still be all about wine but I will shift my focus to be more on the experiences surrounding wine, including the people, food, environment and also photography, which is another passion of mine. I hope you continue to read and enjoy this blog!


Santé!
Charlotte