I’m a stickler for words. In fact, I love seeing words so much that I can fondly recall diagramming sentences back in middle school. While my classmates were groaning under the weight of words upon pencil-drawn lines, I reveled in the breathtaking formality of it all!
Perhaps that’s why I don’t write as much as I should--I get so caught up in the semantics, that actually formulating cohesive sentences that could possibly resemble good writing, frightens me!
A chance reservation at the award-winning Woodinville, Washington restaurant The Herbfarm made me realize that words, coupled with food and wine can be quite magical. The written descriptions of each course were, to me, profound. And of course the eating of each was that and more.
After that, wine came easy to me as easy as the title pastry chef I earned years before. But passionate about it? Oddly enough, the further I dove into the food and wine world, the further I veered from those interesting little words. I missed them. I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was off, despite my love of wine.
My very first recollection of the word passion was associated with the suffering of Christ because that’s what I was taught in Catholic school. To me it meant that you give of yourself - body and soul.
Today I write and produce an online beverage educational program called #winestudio. It began as an idea to showcase and share beautiful wines and flourished into a social media educational community for participants, and grassroots marketing for guests; and it’s actually pretty cool. On any particular Tuesday evening, we could be discussing a wine region that has yet to be truly discovered or perhaps a particular cider that someone happened to mention to me years ago. The written content is endless!
When asked to write this article, I first thought “cool!” but then I asked myself if I really believed in the whole passion thing. I reminded myself that I established a program that hadn’t been done before and although I love the program for myself, it’s not actually designed for me but for my participants and guests.
It feels like it all has come round robin: an odd little passion for words brought me to the world of wine and now here I am again.
I suppose it is true that you never really forget your first crush.
Tina Morey CS