Welcome to my blog, ZWineNinja update

I love November. It is still reminiscent of my favourite month October and just before the mad rush of Christmas when everything calms down. Harvest time, a time for new beginnings, new possibilities and a path laid down fresh.

IMG_5315 Here is a sidewalk selfie from the summer, no doubt taken at a local winery on one of the few days I had off. I am surrounded by wine all day and still want to spend my days learning about the wines around me. Knowledge is my sustenance and education my goal.

I am a Certified Sommelier through the ISG (International Sommelier Guild) and are WSET Certified (Level 3 of Wine & Spirits Education Trust). I am just figuring out now how to finish my WSET Diploma long distance as I am now home-based out of the Central Okanagan, not near any cities that offer it.

I had relocated back to a home base after many years in the lower mainland aka Vancouver, BC Canada. Family and a sense of home returned me as well as leaving the second most expensive place to live on earth. Education is expensive, wine education when you are paying for it yourself and working to live is even more so.

Still wine is my passion and I will pursue it. Not to mention, I am in one of the youngest wine industry regions and have experienced it first hand from the age of 5. I will admit then, I thought the smell of wine was revolting and it took to the age of 20, one year past the legal age to enjoy here that I started to fall in love with this historical and evolving substance in moderation of course.

I currently work for a pioneering BC winery, but my posts here are my own. I will share my scholastic achievements and my whimsical finds, but will not advocate any winery over another, we are all in this together.

In Vino Veritas

NaBloPoMo part deux circa 2015….

How has a year gone by so quickly? It is November again, like a new year full of promise and words to decorate. Many interesting things have happened this year, and many still to come. An old friend returns back to Canada this week and I am sure that there will be many fabulous items to share.

I join my colleague again in NaBloPoMo 2015, and welcome you to join me in posting!

NaBloPoMo November 2015

“I’m not old, I’m vintage”

Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt is about getting old. “Do you enjoy getting old, or are you fighting against it?

I enjoy the wisdom that I have and all the things I have learned and are still learning. It has been an interesting road with many twists and turns, and a few career choice changes. Life is an adventure, and also what you make of it. That being said, the road is never easy.

To quote one of my favourite authors Terry Goodkind of the Sword of Truth series, “If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way”. One of life’s own lessons is that you must choose your own path and walk it. In my case, I am on it, but I have had a few unplanned routes that have waylaid me from my goal but have taught me valuable life lessons. My future lies before me.

So, I equate myself to a fine wine still developing my characteristics and subtle nuances, ready to drink now but would benefit from further cellaring or aeration, pairing with the right accompaniment.

I am Vintage.

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