I’m seriously always amazed when lil’ ole Corkscrew Concierge gets recognized or honored for wine stuff. Like really. Even with all the study and learning and genuine interest in wine, I still sometimes feel like an outsider in this industry. I think part of it stems from the fact that I’m still mostly a corporate tax lawyer (it is what pays the bills after all) which certainly impacts my ability to give wine my all. But then I think about all the time and effort, not to mention late nights and early mornings, I have put into wine (for very little compensation) … yeah, it definitely has become my part time job. One that I very much enjoy. Whether writing for myself or other publications, hosting tastings, or assisting others with special events, I love it all.
So I was absolutely thrilled when the kickass ladies at Wonder Women of Wine (“WOW”) reached out and asked if I’d be a part of their #FemmeFriday series which features conversations about women in wine, with women in wine. WOW is non-profit organization (501(c)3 pending) that advocates gender equality in the wine industry. Here’s an excerpt from the interview.
How many years have you been in the business? Tell me briefly about your background and your current position today.
“I am the founder and owner of TheCorkscrewConcierge.com, which has been nominated for various awards and has been named a Top 100 wine blog. I began writing in 2015 after some encouragement from an old college roommate, but starting the site was only the beginning. Since then, I’ve found that that I absolutely love studying wine and am now a Certified Specialist of Wine, hold the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Level 3 Award in Wines with merit, and have completed the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Course. Right this minute, I’m trying what to study next. I am also wine judge for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition.”
Did you have a particular “aha!” moment that propelled you into wine?
“I absolutely have an “aha moment” that propelled me into wine. It was 2008…”