Saturday, January 28, 2012

Change is Gonna Come

Wow! I don't know about you but January has flown by! I embraced this new year with open arms and strong convictions and with the recent start to the Chinese New Year, I feel like I have been spending the whole month celebrating a fresh start. While there is a lot of truth to that last statement, I am also gearing up for the major changes this week, which is why I have been MIA on the web circuit - I apologize.

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I have spent a  lot of the last month listening, reflecting and growing. Four and a half years ago, I packed up my Honda Civic, blasted Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" and moved to Sonoma sight unseen.

I have since immersed myself in the Californian wine industry working in both Sonoma and primarily San Francisco. Living, breathing and tasting wine. I have met an amazing network of friends and like-minded "winos". As my passion for wine continues to grow and yes, as I get older, I'm realizing that in order to embrace life in a way which matters the most to me, it is time I embrace some changes in order to "redesign" my life.

So without further ado, I have TWO huge announcements:

1) I am taking a "sabbatical" of sorts and relocating to the Portland, Oregon area. I grew up in the area and I'm looking forward to spending more time with my family in addition to getting to know the rapidity growing NW wine industry. Bay Area, please don't cry, you will always be home to me and I plan to be back shortly.

2) Keep your eyes on this blog/webpage...not only is a "face-lift" on the way but The Wine Key will become a center for wine education offering coaching and fun lessons on wine. Starting in February, I will become dedicated to teaching about wine and can't wait to interact closer with my readers and clients. Stay tuned for more. :)

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As I spent the next couple of weeks enjoying my beloved San Francisco, I am feeling empowered by change and excited for my new journey. Oregon wine friends, feel free to reach out, I would love to connect once settled!

Finally, as to not leave you completely wine deprived, here are a couple of wines I am currently gushing over:

Sandhi Wines from Santa Barbara. I recently tried their inaugural 2009 vintage Chardonnay...watch out wine world, this is a game changer! I plan to do a full write-up on this one soon.

Benito Santos Albarnio 2010 Rias Baixas: This is what I consider to be a true expression of a Spanish albranio. Crisp, medium rich mouth feel, full of sophisticated citrus fruits including apple and a flavorful finish.

Looking forward to sharing my journey with you!


Santé!
Charlotte :)