Love the wine blogs. You can learn so much from each of them due to their style and focus. Today’s blogger in the spotlight is Write for Wine who focuses mainly on the wines of Washington State with occasional posts on other Northwest regions. I’m drawn to the niche of this blog; being as focused as it is allows followers and readers to truly have a go-to resource for the Pacific Northwest wine region. But it is the candor and the motto that resonates most with me, Write for Wine does not consider themselves critics; the blog is not about reviews. Rather, they like to tell people about their favorite wines. If they don’t like a wine, they do not write about it. If Write for Wine doesn’t write about a wine doesn’t mean it isn’t good; it simply means their palates prefer other wines. There you go, a voice of true sharing passion.
Write for wine subscribes to the motto: “it’s wine o’clock somewhere!” which means it’s always time for a glass of wine how can you not be drawn to the writings of someone with a pen in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, obviously bringing Write for Wine full circle. Readers of Great bloggers in the spotlight I present to you Write for Wine
South Florida Food and Wine: How did you start wine writing?
Write for Wine: I used to be a national journalist in Canada, so writing was always my passion. My husband proposed to me at a winery in Temecula, and then I moved to the U.S. In 1997, I wrote and managed content at a TV station website in Portland. I was fascinated with Oregon wine country, so I decided to write a bi-weekly wine column for the website. Then I moved to Seattle, where I became immersed in the Washington wine industry. In 2007, I started my blog, Write for Wine, and shortly afterward, became active on Twitter and Facebook.
South Florida Food and Wine: Do you do anything else other than write about wine?
Write for Wine: Does drinking wine count as “anything else?” Seriously though, I have a day job at a major worldwide PR agency, where my focus is social media and measurement. I also have a wonderful family, three Cavalier King Charles, a Kindle and an iPad that occupy my time. I also tweet a lot – for Write for Wine and for some winery friends. But wait, that would fall under the category of writing about wine, wouldn’t it?
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most challenging thing about writing?
Write for Wine: At this point, finding time. I was at the Wine Blogger Conference at the end of June and have so many amazing experiences to write about. Unfortunately, it’s been so busy in the rest of my life that I haven’t been able to write more than three posts in a month. At this point, I write about wine for fun. But one day, I’d like to have enough time to bring more of my journalism background to my blog , i.e., more serious wine writing than I’m doing right now.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from writing for you?
Write for Wine: Definitely the greatest opportunity has been meeting and becoming friends with so many interesting people in the wine industry – from people who grow grapes and humbly call themselves farmers to creative, passionate winemakers and winery owners to my colleagues who are also wine writers – everyone has a story (or dozens) to share.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your most memorable writing moment?
Write for Wine: My most memorable writing moment was not related to wine. I wrote for a First Nations tribe on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and had the honor of staying with them at Hickory Hill with Robert Kennedy Jr. and his family. It was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. As a wine writer, the most memorable was visiting Chateau Margaux. Three months before our trip to Bordeaux, all the tour companies said I needed to book with Margaux at least six months in advance. I decided to take matters into my own hands. You see, when I have enough wine, I can (sort of) speak French. So one night, I went to the chateau’s website and wrote an email in (fairly pathetic) French, explaining why Margot needed to visit Margaux. I’ll spare you the details, but I received a response the next day with a reservation to visit Chateau Margaux. The tour was amazing. I can’t wait to go back.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best wine advice you have to share?
Write for Wine: Trust your palate but don’t be restricted by it. You don’t have to like the same wine that “everybody” is raving about. Your palate is unique. But don’t be afraid to venture out and try some new wines too. These days, my palate favors big, bold Bordeaux-style red wines. I’m not a fan of Rhone-style wines, but I still try them. I didn’t drink white wine for 10 years, but a couple of years ago, I tried a Sauvignon Blanc from Goosecross Cellars in Napa and a Sauvignon Blanc from Efeste in Washington state, and now I’m drinking white wine again.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your one obsessive wine habit?
Write for Wine: Yes, I do drink white wine now, but I only drink it on the deck in the summer (or in tasting rooms). There is something totally relaxing about kicking back on the deck with a glass of white wine with my husband, my dogs and/or my Kindle. Maybe it’s because we don’t get much sun in Seattle! I actually have two obsessive wine habits. I also frequently post “It’s wine o’clock somewhere!” on Twitter and Facebook. Back in 2002, a colleague from England used to call me every Friday at 9 a.m. Pacific time and 5 p.m. his time, and say “It’s wine o’clock.” Since 9 a.m. was definitely not wine o’clock in Seattle, I tacked on the word “somewhere,” and my motto (and obsessive wine habit) became “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”
South Florida Food and Wine: If you could choose to be any wine, what would it be?
Write for Wine: A big, bold Cab Franc – there are so many good ones made in Washington state.
South Florida Food and Wine: If looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
Write for Wine: The usual – lots of fruit and vegetables, cheeses, and white wine. (It’s summer!)
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the one “staple” food you always have in your cupboard?
Write for Wine: Cheese! It’s in the fridge, not the cupboard – does that count?
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your beverage of choice?
Write for Wine: Big, bold red wine! And lots of water, preferably with lemon.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your favorite comfort food?
Write for Wine: Cheese! It goes well with wine too. Are you sensing a pattern here?
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your wine claim to fame?
Write for Wine: A couple of years ago, I Googled “Washington Wine Blog” and “Washington Wine Blogs” and was pleasantly surprised to see my blog, Write for Wine, was the number one result. These days, my blog is either in first or second place. “Googled” is now an accepted verb, right?
South Florida Food and Wine: What is in your kitchen junk drawer?
Write for Wine: Everything from binoculars to old receipts.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best wine gift you ever received?
Write for Wine: A gorgeous “Treasure Chest Double Wine Box” from True Fabrications, a Seattle-based company that creates some wonderful wine gifts and accessories.
South Florida Food and Wine: Where was the best wine you ever had? And why?
Write for Wine: The best wine was at the 2010 Wine Blogger Conference – there was fabulous red wine from Washington state (too many labels to name) and a stunning $185 bottle of Molly Dooker Velvet Glove Shiraz. Why? Because I absolutely love big bold red wine.
South Florida Food and Wine: if you could share a bottle of wine with anyone who would it be and why?
Write for Wine: My husband, my sister and brother-in-law, my nephews, my niece and my father – it’s always a wonderful experience to share a bottle of great red wine and create new family memories.