1. I have great affection for white wine and clear spirits. I will choose them 9.5 times out of ten over their red and brown counterparts, and I am fully aware of what this says about me.
2. Few things make me happier than a good bargain.
3. I never drink coffee.
4. I believe Heidi Schröck makes the world’s most beautiful wines.
5. Italian wine intimidates me, as does whiskey, but I’m working on it.
6. I hold the Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.
7. My professional wine experience is heavy on Zinfandel and quirky varieties from odd places. This means I can tell a Paso Zin from its Dry Creek counterpart in a blind tasting, and I can spot a Torrontés at twenty paces. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these are not marketable skills in the traditional sense.
8. I am annoyed when I hear someone mispronounce Syrah as Shee-rah.