Pleased to meet you
I’m Michelle and once upon a time I was the editor of a rather popular wine blog called “My Wine Education.” I was also writing for several magazines and online publications. My life eventually took a few twists and turns and writing fell by the wayside.
Currently I’m living near Bentonville, Arkansas, although I’m originally from Cincinnati, with stopovers in San Francisco and Atlanta. Back in 2011, I took - and passed - the Level 1 sommelier exam. Not everyone in my class passed, so after two days of learning through fear, I was pretty excited. I took that test for no reason other than to prove I could (imposter syndrome has always been an issue for me).
Now that I’m a bit settled, I’m returning to something I’ve missed, but I’m shaking it up a bit. I’ll review wine in this newsletter, but I’ll also review books. Sometimes, I’ll pair wine with books. There will be a lot of times when I talk about cocktails. Sometimes I will probably talk about my dachshund, because dachshund people cannot shut up about their weenie dogs.
Um, what kind of books?
I’m not even going to pretend to be pretentious here. I’m occasionally reading off the best seller lists. I read a lot of Neil Gaiman. I am hopelessly devoted to historical fiction, especially if it includes Paris, either World War, or the Resistance movement in Europe during WWII. Every now and then I will pick up a Neal Stephenson book, and Snowcrash haunts me. I still haven’t forgiven Stephen King for The Stand, which I read in college, and comes to mind every time I go through a tunnel. Traveling is one of my favorite things, and I will tell a lot of those stories as we go. If I know a certain trip is coming up, I often immerse myself in fiction books about that place. I read a lot of Tom Corcoran before I went to Key West. I discovered The Morgan Library in NYC because I was reading The Personal Librarian. Travel dictates my reading, but sometimes my reading dictates my travel. You will rarely find me reading non-fiction, because I read to escape. Although occasionally real life is stranger than fiction.
Why is there a dog?
My dachshund, Ringo, tends to have adventures, so occasionally you may hear about those, but I’ll try to keep them in context. He is also a pretty accomplished photo bomber, like this:
Do you rate the wine?
I believe wine rating should be easy. I don’t want to deal with numbers 1 -100 (well, no one ever uses 1-79). What do those numbers really mean to any of us? Back when I ran the blog, I had a rating scale based on smiley faces, ironically, based on the pain scale you see in hospitals.
After some experimentation, I decided to stick with it. It just works. You can learn more about it on the Rating Scale page.
Until 12/31/2022, everything is free. On 1/1/2023 or when I get to 100 subscriptions (whichever comes first), I’ll start with pricing tiers. Existing subscribers will be grandfathered in.
There is always the hope that I can just retire and write about wine. #dreams
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