Rediscovering the Forest

James Dean in Giant Oil GusherI used to be prolific. I was a blog writing machine. Words spilled from my fingertips like oil gushing from a freshly tapped well.

Yeah…, that was a different time.

I honestly don’t remember how I did it. I wrote five blog posts a week for over a year straight. How did I have that much to say? Did I really have that much to say? Maybe not, but there was still some good stuff mixed in there.

It’s amazing to look back at the last six years and see everything that has happened in my life. It’s been an awesome journey so far, but I can’t deny that some things have gotten lost in the shuffle. I got locked in on the trees and lost sight of the forest. One of the first things to go when I got stuck in the mire of the nitty gritty of my life in the wine world was my blog. I guess when you work, live, and breath wine every day, it can get a little more challenging to expend creative energy on off-hours wine writing.

Or, maybe that’s an excuse, and I just lost my focus a little.

None of my time has been wasted in the last 6 years. Each step of the journey has been a valuable education, and there is no doubt that I am better poised to fulfill my ultimate goal than I was when I began the wine odyssey. I have had the opportunity to get to know, and work closely with, some amazing people in the wine industry, as well as with some astute business people. I am especially fortunate to have been able to work for Jarrod and Ali Boyle at Alexandria Nicole Cellars, and to still be working for Josh Wade in the various aspects of the Nectarverse in Spokane. All three of them have been amazing mentors and friends, and the amount of information and experience that I have absorbed from each of them has been invaluable. I’ve been moving forward the whole time, just not always in the direction that I originally planned.

Now, it’s time to get back to the forest.

forest picture

I would love to tell some elaborate tale of the inciting incident that caused me to shake off the cobwebs and dive back into my longterm goals, but the truth is that I just woke up one Saturday and thought, “You’ve got to get this shit back on track.”

I’m here to say, “The shit is back on track,” or at least headed that way. Although I’m not quite ready to say exactly what I’ve got cooking, I wanted to start things off by getting my writing game back. I might not be writing Vinotology anymore, but blogging was always a catharsis for me, as well as being a great way to connect with people. I want to get back to that. As I continue my journey in the wine world, it’s good to have a place to document the trip. I’ve got some big things in the works right now, and I am excited about sharing them with you here. Not only that, I am excited to revive a creative outlet for my passions that I have let slide over the last few years.

It was a gambit, this whole moving to Washington to pursue a career in wine thing. We took a big risk, and that risk has paid off in many ways, but I still have some boxes to check on my list of goals. I look forward to sharing this next phase of my journey with anyone who is interested enough to read about it. Hopefully I have something big to share in the next couple of months, but in the meantime, I will be working on getting some fun stuff posted. Cheers!

I am a renaissance nerd. I am an obsessive. Currently, my interests are most focused on things that you can imbibe (wine, beer, spirits), on the world of design and hand lettering, and on soccer (specifically Liverpool Football Club and the Seattle Sounders)


  • Reply August 24, 2016


    Love! Go get that!! #cowboynation 🙂

    • Reply August 24, 2016


      Thanks, Karen! Excited about both the future, and the upcoming NFC East title. 🙂

Leave a Reply