This is my first post here. I'm in my mid 20s and work as the wine buyer at a little neighborhood wine/liquor store.
I first got into wine a couple years ago. Many people have charming "first wine" stories about a trip abroad or a special bottle that changed their life. This is the other kind.
Back in my side-salad days (art school), I was drunk on the metro on the way home from a party. I ran into a guy who was also drunk on the metro on the way home from a different party. We hit it off (meaning: dated for about two seconds) and somewhere in the mix, had some wine with dinner.
My only experiences with alcohol before then were the cheapest things available to college students. (We drank PBR or a concoction called "special juice" when we were feeling fancy. Precious memories.) The wine I tried with this guy was something simple and widely available- it might have been Oyster Bay sauvignon blanc- but Tiny Little College Me thought, "what is this nectar?"
Since then, I've been working in wine and liquor stores for a few years, reading wine books, tasting everything that comes my way, and picking the brains of anyone I meet with knowledge to share.
In my personal life, I almost never buy the same bottle twice. My budget is limited, and I like the mental puzzle of tasting and figuring out something new. I don't have any particular favorites- it seems to change with my mood and the weather- but sometimes there are wonderful "aha!" moments when a wine seems really evocative and unique, or goes perfectly with the food or the moment. Those can be simple and joyful at the same time, and to me that's what it's all about.
There are a few issues that I'm particularly interested in, as a young woman and someone with only a few years of wine work experience. (I was hired for my "enthusiasm.") For instance, how can I get young people interested in better wine? Also, wine marketing to my demographic is a bunch of patronizing garbage. Can anything be done about that? And, what's the best way to expand my knowledge from here? Etc.
Clearly I'm in for the long haul- I want to build a career in the wine industry. It seems like this forum is full of knowledgeable and opinionated people, and I'm looking forward to learning more.