Food & Drink

July 18, 2010

Beau’s Barrel Room, A Great Wine Blogger in the Spotlight

This week’s blogger in the spotlight is young and insightful with a good balance of serious and a whole lot of fun, sort of ‘the whole package’ if you will. Beau Carufel of Beau’s Barrel Room lives in San Diego California and he caught my attention with his style of writing. It’s succinct and informational with just the right amount of personal presented in an easy manner. Beau doesn’t get all caught up with himself or the topic he simply presents the information and gives it to you straight.
With regard to the most exotic food question…well let’s just say that Food for Thought, The ChowfatherERGagit, and Jen Karetnick had some very notable responses however I’m thinking Beau’s Barrel Room just might win due to the fact that his was still ……

The 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference recently took place in Charlottesville Virginia, Beau was a scholarship recipient to that conference. Following his journey was endearing and exciting. Beau is and up and comer in the wine world, the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference had quite the impact on Beau, his life and his blog. So without further delay I present this week’s young turk, Great Wine Blogger in the Spotlight, Beau’s Barrel Room

South Florida Food and Wine: How did you start wine writing?
Beau’s Barrel Room: After talking about writing a wine blog for a few years, my friends finally had enough and basically told me to put up or shut up. I put up a blog.

South Florida Food and Wine: Do you do anything else other than write about wine?
Beau’s Barrel Room: I work at a very well known grocery chain out here in San Diego, to support my wine habit. Beyond that I love cooking, travel, baseball, mountain biking, and sushi.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most challenging thing about writing?
Beau’s Barrel Room: For me, updating my blog consistently has been difficult, but hopefully I’m getting better at that.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from writing for you?
Beau’s Barrel Room: So far, attending the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference has been the greatest thing that’s happened to me. Meeting so many amazing people and networking with them has opened up some job opportunities I never thought I’d have.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your most memorable writing moment?
Beau’s Barrel Room: The first time I hit the “Publish Post” button on my blog, I felt great. Sure, the blog entry sucked but I did not care, it felt wonderful to just have something up there for people to read.

South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
Beau’s Barrel Room: That’s easy, a burger with cheese, bacon, fried egg, and avocado on it and a bottle of Vega Sicilia Unico.

South Florida Food and Wine: Do you have any wacky cooking habits?
Beau’s Barrel Room: Wacky? No, I just love experimenting in the kitchen and seeing what I can come up with.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best wine advice you have to share?
Beau’s Barrel Room: Drink what you like but always remain open-minded about tasting new wines and expanding your palate. Oh and stop drinking cheap wine, there’s amazing wine that only costs a little bit more.

South Florida Food and Wine: If you could choose to be any wine, what would it be?
Beau’s Barrel Room: A Priorat. I can’t get enough Priorat.

South Florida Food and Wine: If looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
Beau’s Barrel Room: Wine, OJ, beer, bread, cheese, meat, other incredibly ordinary items you’d find in almost any fridge.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the one “staple” food you always have in your cupboard?
Beau’s Barrel Room: Macaroni and Cheese. Gotta have it!

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your beverage of choice?
Beau’s Barrel Room: Wine of course, but barring that, I absolutely love craft beer, luckily San Diego has some amazing craft breweries out here.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your favorite comfort food?
Beau’s Barrel Room: Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken and their Thai Style Lime Rice Pilaf.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your wine claim to fame?
Beau’s Barrel Room: Being a scholarship recipient at the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is in your kitchen junk drawer?
Beau’s Barrel Room: Rubber bands, scissors, a few corkscrews, batteries, wine labels, pens/pencils, dust, gum.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best wine gift you ever received?
Beau’s Barrel Room: A bottle of Chianti from my birth year. It’s probably vinegar now but it’s so cool!

South Florida Food and Wine: What kitchen chore do you dislike the most?
Beau’s Barrel Room: Doing the dishes.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most exotic food you have ever eaten and where?
Beau’s Barrel Room: Fish hearts – still beating – out on a deep-sea fishing trip. Or frog legs in Paris.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most extravagant food or beverage item or culinary tool you spent money on?
Beau’s Barrel Room: I dropped a large sum of money on a vertical of Tignanello going back to 1995. Yea, that Tignanaello, I couldn’t refuse the price and the wine had been stored in an amazing cellar ever since it was purchased. Sadly all the older stuff is nearly gone. It was amazing to drink though, really opened my eyes to Tuscan wines.

South Florida Food and Wine: Where was the best wine you ever had? And why?
Beau’s Barrel Room: I’ve had a few, but perhaps one of the best ever was a bottle of Italian Cabernet Franc I had about three years ago with my dad. He made a superb dinner with home made sauce, spicy Italian sausages and I provided the wine. It paired brilliantly and I still recall that to this day. Better yet, he does too!

South Florida Food and Wine: If you could share a bottle of wine with anyone who would it be and why?
Beau’s Barrel Room: Robert Mondavi. I would love to pick his brain and see what made him tick. His inspiration, where his energy and drive came from, the man is fascinating and we in this country owe him a lot.

Follow Beau on his blog Beau’s Barrel Room  and on Twitter @UCBeau
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