Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare.
Inspired by a poetry contest, I entered the world of creative writing for the first time in years, the only time publicly. Encouraged by their feedback, invigorated by the experience, I continued writing. Although feeding my love of epicurean adventures seemed impossible at that time in my life, I could certainly write about them. I found the purpose to carve out time for myself. I formed relationships online and in person. I lived vicariously in the words of others and in the glass.
When I began writing, I had two toddlers and hadn’t slept in years. Now I have two children in Elementary school and things are changing. You are as likely to find a piece about the new wines made an hour away in Texas or those from a third generation producer in Spain, clean-eating or splurge-worthy restaurants, my quest to define my new identity or the camping spot where I found peace just as I am.
In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle.
That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.
I currently hold a Level 2 Certificate from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. If you have a suggestion or topic you would like to hear about, please write to me at SAHMmelier at gmail.com
Thanks to Bloom Photography for the headshot photo.