I became a wine lover first when I was on the road with a show right out of theatre school. It was a 1940s era song and dance variety show for retirement homes in various small towns in southern Ontario. We would have a morning show (kill me) and then travel to another town for an afternoon show, then settle in at a Howard Johnson before we headed out to do another morning show in the same town. I think this is called paying your dues....

I was traveling with good friends I had just graduated with. In search of fun things to do in small town Ontario other than play hacky sack in the parking lot, we found our way to the vintages section of the LCBO and tried a new game: we would each pick a wine from a different region (no more than $20) and blind taste them back at the HoJo that eve. You would think this would just turn into debauchery, but it actually opened my eyes to new and exciting adventures without traveling outside of our depressing hotel rooms....

I am now a WSET 3 certified wine lover. Most of my personal travel, as well as travel with gents, is based around wine exploration. Chile, Argentina, Brazil, California, Oregon, Okanagan, Loire Valley and coming this summer (if the gods are willing) Spain. I truly feel like when you wine travel, you discover the heart of many cultures...the history, geography and food goes hand in hand with these adventures. I have made great friends in different countries exploring viticulture: drivers that know all the best out of the way vineyards, wine makers that have personal stashes of small batch wine, private wine tour guides that have expanded their business to include wine lodging for intimate groups who know.....This passion has led me to extensive courses and now I am studying toward my sommelier certificate. However, I think the best type of learning is being immersed in it, learning from those who live, breathe and produce wine.

I am not sure exactly what I will do with the training I have had in this endeavour, I already put together special cases for friends and family...and I host blind tastings which is great practice for me with wine study. But sometime (maybe sooner than later) I will take this fervour and build a wine business elsewhere....I love to teach those who are timid about wine picking, and drinking and enjoying that you don't need to be a connoisseur. Wine knowledge starts with trying new and different flavours, and discussing amongst friends that also enjoy. Because wine is heavily about marketing, many of us are drawn to what someone else tells us is good. Tasting wine and deducing what it might be, slows us down while drinking and gently coerces us to really think about what we taste, and what certain flavours remind us of. It is like a world tour in an evening, without the cost of the plane ticket.

If you are interested in wine, and doing some tasting with me....I am always up for a dinner with pairing. Here is how to make a date! http://veronicasway.com/booking