A Six Month Reflection and Thank You

At the end of November, I decided to pursue my love of wine writing and consulting full time.  What an amazing six months I’ve had.

First, my little girl was born – a month early!  I had the opportunity to be a part of my daughter’s life everyday. I can’t describe how thankful I am for entering parenthood with my wife. We have quite a bit to learn, but the experience to date has been fantastic!

I was featured in ChicagoNow and Chicagoist, two local publications that celebrate the everyday Chicagoan that loves what they do.   I joined the writing team at the Ritz-Carlton residents as their Resident Sommelier. I even had the opportunity to be featured on the new deals site, Foxling.

I had the unique opportunity to help two businesses with their inventory needs. I worked with Catbridge Wine Cellars to stock over 200 sustainably farmed, organic and biodynamic wines and recently crafted Wholey Guacomole’s (soon to be Guanajuato) entire wine, beer and tequila list.

One of my favorite things to do is work side by side with people that want to know more about wine.  In the last six months, I was invited to run private events, ranging from birthday parties to corporate get togethers.  Aside from spending time with my family, nothing beats educating someone on the qualities of a good vintage.

Lastly, I recently learned that I was one of 12 bloggers selected to attend a VIP excursion through Washington wine country, leading up to the annual Wine Bloggers’ Conference in Walla Walla.  I almost flew out of my chair when I received the email about me being selected. This wouldn’t have been possible had I not made this career decision in late November.

I’d like to thank everyone for helping make these last six months incredible.  Your support and love of wine makes my days fly by. I’m working on a series of projects to help make your wine choices even more accessible to you on a daily basis. Stay tuned for updates. See you at the next event!

With love and appreciation,

The Windy City Wine Guy