We hope to share the fun and enjoyment of our ongoing "discovery" of wine. We explore avenues of learning about wine, tell the stories of some of the passionate people who produce and sell wine, and discuss creating and sharing great wine (and food!) experiences with friends.
Wine Discovery Articles are occasional "magazine style" articles that feature some aspect of wines, wineries, winemaking, viticulture, and the people behind them.
Wine Thoughts Blog Posts include reports on wine tasting events, occasional pieces about specific issues in the wine business, and about my thoughts on a more general topic.
Shorter Reviews and Notes are shorter posts that review individual or small groups of wines, or present a brief topic for discussion.
Food Exploration Articles are occasional posts about recipes or dining experiences (or both) that we have found particularly fun and interesting.
Jeanne Duperreault is a librarian by training, and works as a freelance editor in French and English. She loves food and wine, and is an accomplished experimental cook. In addition to working on the wine and food adventure sections, Jeanne is compiling some of her best recipes and food experiences for WineDiscovery. Not surprisingly, she is also leading the book review component of the site. You can visit her blog at www.bookdiscovery-jeanne.blogspot.com.
Tim Appelt has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from M.I.T. and an M.B.A in Finance from York University. He is an investment manager currently engaged in consulting and writing. You can visit him at www.structuredcapital.com. One of his hobbies is learning and writing about wine, and he plans to use this website as part of his excuse for expanding that knowledge. Tim has completed many wine tasting courses, including the Advanced WSET class, for which he won the 2010 Jack Ackroyd Memorial Scholarship Award.
Learning about wine, and enhancing one's appreciation of wine, is not a linear process. Certainly it involves tasting wine and honing tasting skills, but as Jancis Robinson says,
"... true wine appreciation rests not in evaluating a glass of wine in isolation, awarding points according to its performance against some notional objective paradigm of wine quality, but in learning as much as possible about where, how, and why it was produced."("Regional Flavour", Vines Magazine, April/May 2010, p. 24.)
Very experienced tasters can bring their own knowledge and context to an isolated tasting, but for those of us who are embarking on the path of discovery, activities that bring us background knowledge and context significantly enhance our enjoyment of wine. Enjoy!