About this Blogger
First I drank wine, then I made wine at home (while I kept drinking wine, but not my own, because it was pretty bad until I learned more). Soon enough, I was hooked. I started to do what is today unthinkable: I read wine books–not wine critics–and began to learn about places where wine is produced, their wines, and their foods. I did something even more unthinkable: I developed my own taste and palate, without the help of someone else’s scores, and then I traveled to wine regions in the U.S. and abroad.
It didn’t take long for me to want to make wine commercially and so I stupidly did. I say “stupidly” because I had no idea how much money it takes to start and keep a winery; after eight years I discovered that it was possible to lose both…
Before starting the winery I was a freelance designer and producer of audio visual presentations, so writing was part of my life. While running the winery I began to sell myself as a wine writer, and for some odd reason others believed me. And so began my concurrent wine writing career, which led to numerous articles for magazines and newspapers and two published books (thus far). But when I closed the winery I knew that writing was not going to pay the bills.
For the first time in a long time I was forced to work for somebody else. Who better to work for than a winery? I became a sales rep for a Finger Lakes winery. In that position I put to use my years of training as a winemaker and as a fellow who always explored wine and food together. I developed a wine training program that was designed to teach about wine and its relationship to food. I eventually switched to working for a wine distributor, but still, working for others is just not my style.
With a partner, I opened a wine retail shop in Manhattan, and for six years I stayed with it. I developed my wine classes further to a full-scale three to five week classroom program, which got picked up at Cooper Union College.
These days, I write and teach about wine. But after more than twenty years of being amazed–or would that be appalled–by the confusing, if not just plain wrong stuff that passes as wine information and that I have over the years had to correct in my classrooms, I decided to create a blog to set the fictions straight, to explode the myths, to teach the real deal, to, nah, I should stop right there.
Hope you get something out of visiting VinoFictions. If so: please tell a friend. If not: well, I tried.
For those who wish to make comments on this blog, please keep in mind that VinoFictions is not intended to discuss particular wine tasting notes nor is it intended to be a wine training program. It’s sole purpose is to dispel wine myths to whatever extent possible and to the best of our knowledge.