Welcome to Wine Wanderings!
Who am I?
Welcome to Wine Wanderings! Who am I?
So happy you have joined us! This is my first Wine Wanderings Post on Substack. I am Tricia High Conover, DipWSET, CSS, AWE. What are those post-nominals about? DipWSET is a Diploma of Wine designation from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust - our certifying body, located in London, England. That’s a Level 4 wine certification. Does that make me know everything about wine? Hardly! That’s why we are here…..to learn about each other’s experiences. The CSS is a Certified Spirits Specialist designation and AWE denotes an American Wine Expert - just ask me anything about Indiana and Idaho wine!
And yes, my middle name is really High.
My friends and colleagues are continually asking me for advice on wine, wine pairings, cocktail mixes, and travel suggestions. These requests have prompted me to write this Substack newsletter. Their brilliant forum begs for interaction.
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Most importantly, I am an avid wine and spirits traveler. I have been writing about my adventures for 10 years. Some of this “gastro-tourism” has coincided with business travel while in the software business, but most trips were for interviews with my favorite winemakers, master distillers, and travel experts. Family, friends, and colleagues travel with me, and I travel alone, too. I want to hear about your favorite vineyard, winery, distillery, and restaurant in the U.S. and the world. I hope you enjoy hearing about my past excursions, disastrous travel decisions, horrible “corked” wine, best Perfect Manhattan, and optimistic upcoming plans.
“But, above all, you will learn lots and lots about wine and the wine tourism industry.”
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My readers skew towards wine lovers, travel warriors, and foodies. My readers include new wine friends, my tech buddies from LinkedIn, frequent travelers, the cocktail crews, slow-food gurus, gastrotourism seekers, my GrapeStone Twitter followers, wine o’clock fans, and searchers for the best vineyards and unique restaurants in the world. A couple of cat and dog lovers visit, too. My ragdoll, Lucy, makes appearances occasionally. See her below.
Comments: Phillip Anderson, Master of Wine candidate
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Caption: Cameron Diaz and Katherine Powers discuss Avaline Wines on a Virtual tasting hosted by Wine.com - See my Next Post on The Best Virtual Wine Tastings in 2020.
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Lucy, My Ragdoll, with Several of Her Cellar Favorites
From the left:
2015 Hanzell Vineyards, Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley AVA (100% Chardonnay)
2017 Scala Dei “Ladder to God” Priorat, Spain (grapes are 65% highly extracted Black Garnacha, 15 % Carinyena, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon)
2016 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet, Premier Cru White Burgundy, (100% Chardonnay)
2017 Corra Wines, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon crafted by my favorite winemaker, Celia Welch of Scarecrow wines fame