There are few fields that have such a diverse collection of extremely interesting and passionate people. We're a massive group with a rich common thread, the love of the wine. We grow, make, market, sell, select, serve, save, drink and write about and video our beloved wine. We span the globe and a very broad socioeconomic strata.
I like to share, so here meet Charlotte Chipperfield, a new friend, from one of my favorite wine cities, San Francisco. She found her passion for the wine a lot earlier in life than I did and I really enjoy her fresh outlook on the juice and the people and places from which it comes.
I recently heard about her new Pop-Up Wine School and I was immediately intrigued. Pop Up-Stores and Pop-Up Restaurants, even Pop-Up Wine Bars are all the rage these days, you know. Why not Pop-Up Wine Schools. (Bibendum pop-up wine bar Citroen van in London on the right)
Charlotte is a perfect person for this kind of venture as her proclaimed mission in life is "to remove the intimidation and trepidation of learning about wine by breaking down the barriers which mystify the world of wine."
She believes that "Wine is a form of communication, expression and a source of utter enjoyment." We are with you on that.
The school is an extension of Charlotte's Wine Education and Consulting Service called "The Wine Key."
I love her Boozy Academy that delivers live and web wine classes. Currently on site events are offered in Northern California and Oregon but maybe we can get her to come east one of these days.
As is always the case wine people find many other common interests like a mutual love for Wallace and Grommit or a gret interest in the 4th of July. Me because I love explosive things and Charlotte because it is her birthday, could you imagine anything better? Now I have two friends who have birthdays on the 4th.
I wonder what wine Wallace might pair with that cheese? If it was Charlotte or I, it's very likely that it would be an Albarino. Were both crazy about that wine lately. Or a choice regional Italian white wine which also both love.
When Charlotte is not busy consulting, teaching, or doing "fieldwork," AKA drinking, she finds time to share her special insights and enjoyments in her own blog.
Here is something you might like: Charlotte is doing a Wine 101 On-Line Group eCourse that starts September 4th, 2012! She will guide you through wie basics in a 6 week an interactive eCourse. Check Out Details Here.