At first, we were intimidated by traveling to some of the world's most famous wine regions. However, we quickly learned that most of the people creating the wine see themselves as farmers and are very excited and proud to share their wine with visitors. There is always what we call "the awkward moment" when we first arrive. They aren't quite sure how much we know about wine or if we are just tourists looking for a way to get a good buzz, and we aren't sure if they are happy to meet with us, or if we are disrupting their work. After a while, all of this dissipates as we begin asking questions and they begin to realize that we truly are interested in learning about what they do. We often joke that their English is much improved after only a couple of questions!
In another life I either was or will be a winemaker. I feel more at home in a winery than in most other places. I love the smell, the science, the art, and the creation that occurs in these cool, fascinating places.
Wine regions are nestled in some of the world's most beautiful places. Vineyards have a way of calming and soothing those who visit. Some believe it's the connection with nature that soothes them, others appreciate the linear organization of the rows, while others anticipate and imagine the final product. For me, it's all of these things. One of our favorite things to do when we travel to a wine region is to enjoy a bottle of wine in the vineyard from which it came. A day in the vineyards always calms and inspires me.