Food & Drink

November 7, 2010

James the Wine Guy, a great wine blogger in the spotlight!

This week’s blogger in the spotlight is another one with a name that pretty much describes who he is and what he does, James the Wine Guy. James loves wine, he is obsessed with all things of “the fermented grape” art, history, science, a glass of….

James believes that wine is for everyone and not just a select few. James the Wine Guy has designed his blog as a reference point for wines with just a note on flavor descriptors guiding the reader to the overall appearance of the wine. Taking this basic information further, James has entrenched himself in all forms of Social Media; I don’t think there is a tweet or post or video site he hasn’t infiltrated with his wine info. And then there is that little pet project of James the Wine Guy, World Wide Wine Day on July 1, 2011 “This day will be to promote the many worlds of wine; all wine regions and varietals. One day out of the year to talk about wine; enjoy wine and make discovery” James has embraced social media and his true passion for wine and is sharing it one sip, one tweet, one post and one video at a time. This week’s blogger in the spotlight the social media wine guru, James the Wine Guy.

South Florida Food and Wine: How did you start wine blogging/writing?
James the Wine Guy: I started writing for myself; the desire was to remember what wines I enjoyed. Then dedicated sites like WordPress and Blogger evolved as robust platforms and helped to making blogging. I had to research and explore with several sites before I started investing copious hours of writing and using WordPress as my blog site of choice.

South Florida Food and Wine: Do you do anything else other than blog/write about wine?
James the Wine Guy:I write about food and complete consulting work. Though it is wine that keeps up late.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most challenging thing about blogging/writing?
James the Wine Guy: Never at a loss for what I want to write about—what is challenging is how to be a blogger: writer, editor, proofreader, producer, web developer, publicist, researcher, educator, etc. I have also layered on video blogging; it is a fun challenge but it does take away time from writing.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from blogging/writing for you?
James the Wine Guy: If I was not a blogger it is doubtful I would have met so many wonderful people. I have had a greater access to more wines than I could have ever imagined. I have been invited to be a panelist and judge wine competitions.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your most memorable blogging/writing moment?
James the Wine Guy: Not one specific moment but a series of moments. I think when I am at a winery tasting and learning about the wines before me—it is impossible for me to not write. It comes so naturally.

South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal and wine be?
James the Wine Guy: This is hard. I am a perennial seafood and Mexican cuisine lover. I might have to pick that day; if I was in a lobster mood and any and all wines by Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. If it were a Mole Poblano day I would want a Cabernet Sauvignon and finally cracking open up a cult favourite—Screaming Eagle or Colgin.

South Florida Food and Wine: What super-action-hero would you like to be and why?
James the Wine Guy: Spiderman; quiet and not showy yet effective; and compared with other super hero’s doesn’t seem to have any severe weaknesses.

South Florida Food and Wine: Do you have any wacky cooking habits?
James the Wine Guy: Cleaning; out darn spot!

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best wine advice you have to share?
James the Wine Guy: You know more about wine than you might think; trust your senses but also explore the wide and ever so wonderful world of wine.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your one obsessive kitchen habit?
James the Wine Guy: Cleaning; out darn spot!

South Florida Food and Wine: If you could choose to be any wine, what would it be?
James the Wine Guy: Champagne; cool yet collected. It is a favourite amongst many people but one that is always exciting and anticipated.

South Florida Food and Wine: If looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
James the Wine Guy: Champagne, Riesling, milk, butter, eggs, pine nuts, pecans and salad greens.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the one “staple” wine you always have in your “cellar”?
James the Wine Guy: Vintage Champagne

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your beverage of choice?
James the Wine Guy: Favourite mixed drink: Mojito or Gin and Tonic; Favourite beer: almost any Belgian beer; wine: bubbles, almost all red wines (depends on mood).

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your favorite comfort food?
James the Wine Guy: Potatoes in almost any form.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your culinary claim to fame?
James the Wine Guy: My risotto—from those who have eaten it. But I personally think my Mole Poblano would be my claim. It has been an obsession to search for the most authentic and differentiating recipe.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is in your kitchen junk drawer?
James the Wine Guy: Champagne pliers, bottle stoppers, cookie cutters

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best culinary gift you ever received?
James the Wine Guy: KitchenAid mixer

South Florida Food and Wine: What kitchen chore do you dislike the most?
James the Wine Guy: Cleaning up after a large dinner; wish I could either hire someone or have a new set of dishes for making each new meal.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most exotic food you have ever eaten and where?
James the Wine Guy: Piki bread—it is also called paper bread; a tradition of the Hopi in Arizona; a very difficult bread to find.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most extravagant food or beverage item or culinary
tool you spent money on?
James the Wine Guy: Buying a bottle of Bollinger Grande Année Champagne 1990 right after graduate school. A sterling bottle—still remember that bottle.

South Florida Food and Wine: Where was the best meal with a bottle of wine you ever had?
James the Wine Guy: Each Thanksgiving; I recall what I opened up and what my guests brought. I also plan on opening something special each year.

South Florida Food and Wine: If you could share a bottle of wine with anyone who would it be and why?
James the Wine Guy: I couldn’t pick one person but a mix of family and friends. So many
bottles, many varietals, and many smiles in one place.

You can follow James the Wine Guy on his blog on Twitter and Facebook

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