New member re-introduction

Hi, y'all-

A couple months ago I wrote a terrible introduction post after coming home tipsy from a party. Then the holiday season started and I got busy and forgot all about this account.

Anyway, hello! I'm 27 and have been working in wine shops for the last five years. Currently I'm the buyer at a little neighborhood store. I actually don't have a favorite type of wine- it's more about matching the right wine to the right moment. One of my favorite memories is drinking picpoul de pinet with clams at a beach barbecue. Another is sitting in front of a fire pit on a chilly fall night drinking Burgundy with a friend.

Part of my everyday life is setting aside my own preferences and thinking about a wine impartially. So in the big debate between "international style" vs. terroir, I think there can be room for both. Like, you can enjoy a good Barolo and also enjoy Caymus special select, each for their own merits.

One issue that's close to my heart is getting young women more involved with wine. (And not just as brand models!!) At my store, about a dozen salespeople call on us regularly, and only one is a woman. A female winemaker came in one day to do a tasting, and she said "you're the only girl I've seen all day!" When I read trade magazines, it seems like every other issue has an article about courting my demographic, along with some candy-colored ad campaign or a product lauch for a new sweet wine. My customers who are young women are more sophisticated than that, and they have a great sense of adventure.

In my free time, I enjoy cooking and reading. Right now I'm reading and drinking my way through "The Great Domaines of Burgundy" by Remington Norman. I'm also a big fan of "Adventures on the Wine Route" by Kermit Lynch. In writing they always say "show, don't tell," and that book SHOWS you why French wine is so worth caring about. And it's hilarious.

Anyway, I'm here to learn. It seems like most of you have been around longer than I have, so maybe all that collected wisdom will rub off. Razz
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Re-welcome, Petrichor. As you may have noticed, our forum here serves as a microcosm of the demographic imbalance that you noted. So it's especially nice to have you aboard.

As Danyull hinted, the Learn Wine area doesn't gather as much traffic, so if you have questions / thoughts / observations the Wine Conversations area is you best bet.

Also, one item that struck me from your post was the "international style vs. terroir" comment. I wouldn't recommend equating "old world" with "terroir" (if that was your intention). Just because wine making practices are traditional doesn't mean they don't impose their own impacts on the profile of the finished product.
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one item that struck me from your post was the "international style vs. terroir" comment.


Same here. Not sure what that means because I'm not aware of such a dichotomy. My advice is to make reading a very very distant second to tasting. Otherwise you end up with an idea of what you're supposed to like without ever really knowing what you could have liked.
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Originally posted by GregT:
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one item that struck me from your post was the "international style vs. terroir" comment.


Same here. Not sure what that means because I'm not aware of such a dichotomy. My advice is to make reading a very very distant second to tasting. Otherwise you end up with an idea of what you're supposed to like without ever really knowing what you could have liked.


Basically ignore everything gregt says and if you drink enuf you might find convo with him a bit more palatable
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Originally posted by Parcival:
Welcome.

Echo the sentiments on Burgundy . . . great wines for really really deep pockets. Hopefully your connection at the wine store gets you some great tastes of great bottles that you don't have to buy outright!


Welcome Petrichor. Echo Parcival & Redhawk's comments on Burgundy and the Great Terroirs.... Good read. Expensive wines. Viva terroir.

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