A Wine Walker thanks to – WalkedThru

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I am proud to announce that this specialized blogging community has chosen me and my blog to be their/your official Wine Walker. I will be walking those interested through my adventures in learning about wine and also my career in the exciting world of wine.  Check them out, they have other great Walkers covering all kinds of interesting topics.  My WALKER profile; http://walkedthru.com/walker-directory/walker-profile-whine-and-cheers-for-wine/

ABOUT WalkedThru;

What is WalkedThru?

WalkedThru is a specialist blogging community contributed to by professionals in their respective fields.

So for example if you wanted to know about photography, you would search ‘photography’ or ‘camera’ on our website and find a reliable, professional, informative and entertaining blog updated regularly by our photography professional, UrbanSnapper. (Click Here to visit blog)

Our resident professional would talk about everything from the equipment and software he uses, to common industry problems, like overexposure, through to general photography tips and advice. Information that is helpful, entertaining, constructive, comprehensive, motivational and inspirational to any budding photographer or enthusiast.

We plan to build a community brimming with blogs like this; subjects ranging from history, to sport, to places, to fashion, to hobbies, to books, to everything in between and beyond!

Why WalkedThru?

Because we’re anti-wiki. Pro-reputability.

We want to build a community as a source of information that is:

  • Varied and vast ranging
  • Informative and professional,
  • Yet easy-going and personable,
  • That is informed by professionals.
We think that blogs are not just a great general interest read, but more so a fantastic medium in which to educate, inform, entertain and enlighten.

How does it work?

WalkedThru grows by adding professionals/enthusiasts, who have particular expertise in a particular subject, to it’s budding community of blogs.
We call these professionals and enthusiasts ‘Walkers’. (For more information on Walkers. Click here. or click the ‘Join Us’ page)
The more Walkers we have, the bigger the WalkedThru community will be and the better the source of information will be for the curious web surfer.

A year of Whine and Cheers…..

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Cork IT!year of Whine and Cheers…..

It is hard to believe I am celebrating a year of Cheering for and Whining about wines while simultaneously reaching the milestone of 10,000! visits to Whine and Cheers for Wine.  Merry Christmas to me!

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Devils Ridge Lane

I never imagined what began as such a transitional year for me would be filled with so many milestones.  A year ago, unemployed I decided to start a blog about wine, my hobby. From that first step things started moving fast and my hobby became my career.

What a year:

WSET Certification,  Employment as a Wine Steward,  Sponsorship   via WalkedThru, Contributor to Bargain Wine Time, named Interim Winn-Dixie Liquor Store Manager,  guest post on Señorita Vino for a Day, and most surprising to me: 10,000 visitor milestone surpassed on this site.  One of these events would have satisfied me but all of them combined? Incredible.

I have truly lucked out and I am very thankful to all my followers, supporters and site visitors who have made it all possible.  Yes, all of you behind the 10,000+ hits  🙂

May your New Year be filled with wine and little whine!

 Bring on 2013!!

¡SALUD!

About me…

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After 28 years of thinking about taking a wine class I finally acted on it about four years ago. I attended monthly classes for 2 years through Total Wine and More and thanks to a great teacher what a learning experience it was. I’ve got a growing collection of wines going and completed wine certification [WSET] programs available through local universities and hospitality programs. A hobby became a career. Certification led to a job as a Wine Steward for a national grocery store chain. This, in turn, led to my job as a local Specialty Buyer [beer and wine] for Whole Foods Market. Who knew I would have such a calling.

2013-2019: [Update]

Oh what a ride. Continued wine studies and certifications led me to become a Specialty Associate Team Leader in 2016 followed in 2017 by becoming the local Amazon/Whole Foods Specialty Team Leader. In this role I now oversee not only the wine department but also beer, cheese, coffee juice and coffee bar and the approximate 17 team members that it takes to run such an operation.

Check out the previous updates below in chronological order.

For ad’l info “about me”check out blog entry:

https://whineandcheersforwine.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/to-think-it-only-took-me-28-years-to-take-a-wine-class/

April 2012 – UPDATE:

I have completed my Wine & Spirit Education Trust Wine Certification Level I. Upward and onward! Next up WSET Level II.

May 2012 – UPDATE II;

I have a new career! https://whineandcheersforwine.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/careful-what-you-wish-for-i-am-officially-now-a-wine-steward/

June 2012 – UPDATE III:

I am honored to have been chosen by community blogger site WalkedThru to be their Wine Walker through my blog Whine and Cheers for Wine.

http://walkedthru.com/walker-directory-3/walker-profile-whine-and-cheers-for-wine/

And,

https://whineandcheersforwine.wordpress.com/?s=wine+walker

July 2012 – UPDATE IV:

Spreading my wine gospel – I’ve been asked to come on board as a contributor to Bargain Wine Time, a web-site specializing on economically priced wines along with wine tid-bits for all.

October 2012 – UPDATE V:

I have been assigned the position of Interim Winn-Dixie Liquor Store Manager/Director for a self standing liquor store in Miramar Florida adding spirits to my repertoire.  Responsibilities include; sales, purchasing, receiving and my favorite; dealing directly with customers about spirits, wine and beer.

April 2013 – UPDATE VI:

Whole Foods Market here I come! I have been offered and accepted the position of Specialty Beverage Buyer for Beer and Wine.  Careful what you wish for!  Check it out here.

 

My 12 Days of Beer Camp

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BEERCAMP@WCW2014

As I prepare to enjoy my last Beer Camp brew it seems it is not all about wine in my work life. Beer is also a large part of my job as a Specialty Beverage Buyer for Whole Foods Market.  Admittedly beer is something I enjoy learning about. But truth be told I enjoy drinking it too!  Discovering new brews and old world styles that have been around for centuries is not only a job benefit but a fun hobby.

Thanks to beer-maker Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and their Beer Camp Across America variety pack the craft-beer bandwagon is getting even more attention than it usually does. And the traffic in our store shows it.

From Sierra Nevada: 

Sierra Nevada partnered with a dozen exceptional craft breweries to create 12 different beers for one mixed 12-pack—including 10 bottles and two cans—a first in the craft beer world.

Beer Camp Across America is a tribute to the art, and sometimes absurd ambition, of American craft beer. This unprecedented variety pack is a celebration of our collective spirit: 12 different collaboration beers brewed alongside 12 exceptional brewers, together showcasing the sense of pride and passion shared by craft brewers nationwide. Beyond the pack, we’re embarking on a seven-city traveling beer festival. Join the tour and help make this the largest craft beer celebration in history!

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This is how my idea for The 12 Days of Beer Camp came to be. With excitement building prior to its arrival [daily requests], the actual arrival, the set up of our American Owned American Brewed display and our quickly selling out of Beer Camp: yes I too along with team members and customers got caught up in the moment.

Twelve brews in twelve days. Well, give or take a day.  With the evidence posted @WhineCheersWine on Twitter and Instagram. Not too much of a challenge considering the heat of our Miami summer and the anticipation of trying 12 different beers. Correction: 12 different collaborations. Including some from my favorite craft beer brewers and others to discover:

Cigar City Brewing, Ballast Point, Oskar Blues, New Glarus, Firestone, Ninkasi, 3 Floyds, Bell’s, Allagash, Russian River, Asheville Brewers Alliance and Victory.

Here we go……

DOUBLELATTE@WCW2014Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene, OR | Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout  Inspired by the perennial café favorite, Double Latte combines two of the greatest things in life: good coffee and great beer. Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing knows their way around a good cup of joe. Featuring cold-press coffee from the legendary Stumptown Coffee Roasters and a dose of milk sugar, this coffee milk stout is a rich and roasty treat.  

My notes: dark rich brown color, coffee on the nose. Palate: dark roast coffee, malt/hop finish, cocoa developing as it warms, burnt sugar/caramel. BU60/ALC 7.6%

 

YONDER

Cigar City Brewing, LLC, Tampa, FL | Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock Yonder Bock is a summery twist on the robust blonde bock. Its silky, semi-sweet malt body is bolstered by a blend of new and experimental hops that impart bright, fruity hop aromas of guava, mango and passion fruit.

My notes:  golden amber/red color. Sour citrus and guava on the nose.  Mid-level hoppiness. Reminds me of a Belgian style beer with added hops. Sweetness comes in to play as it warms. BU 45/ALC 7.7%.

 

ALTBIER@WCW2014Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA | Alt Route Altbier  Alt Route is our take on the old school German Altbier style featuring an ale-lager hybrid yeast, which is top fermenting and fruity like an ale, but matured at cool temperatures for a clean, lager-like flavor. This deep amber beer has a slight emphasis on the richly layered, slightly sweet malt body with enough citrusy hop flavor and aroma to produce a balanced, dry finish.

My notes:  honey brown in color, as German ALTBIER is, with aromas of cooked sugar and/or caramel. First impression: a lighter hoppier scotch ale. Malty sweet finish. Medium level hoppiness. BU 50/ALC 6.6%

 

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Asheville Brewers Alliance, Asheville, NC | Tater Ridge Scottish Ale Tater Ridge pays homage to our area’s Scottish Highland history, and its craft brew pioneers. With a hint of down home Southern flair, this Scottish ale is rich and malty, using special floor-malted six-row barley from Asheville’s Riverbend Malting, and has a smooth kick from the use of sweet potatoes, a tasty Southern staple.

My notes: Caramelized amber in color. Caramel and light hop on the nose. Hoppy finish. A perfect example of what I consider a Scottish Ale to be. No sweet potato detected though. BU 35/ ALC 7%.

THEREBACK@WCW2014

New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI | There and Back English-Style Bitter There and Back is a classic, sessionable, English-style Bitter—easy-drinking but full of flavor. It features nutty, toasted Golden Promise and English Crystal malts balanced by a solid dose of zesty hops, with a fruity dry finish from the use of an authentic English yeast.

My notes: honey/amber color. Hop and malt on the finish. A slight sweetness at the front with malt bitterness at the back-end. Spice licorice/anise detected. BU 40/ALC 5.6%

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Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO/Brevard, NC | CANfusion Rye Bock  CANfusion is a dry-hop rye bock with a complex malt body that launches a peppery blast from the rye, balanced by a fruity hop aroma. As the style suggests, it was dry-hopped for an added aroma punch from the unique citrusy and spice-like Australian Ella hop varietal.

My notes: amber honey in color [between honey and maple syrup]. Definite hoppiness on the nose. Well balanced, dry. Fruit: orange spice and grapefruit detected. Rye and malt in the finish. BU 45/ALC 7.2%

ELECTRIC RAY @WCW2014Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA | Electric Ray India Pale Lager Electric Ray is an IPL—Imperial Pale Lager—combining intense citrusy and floral American hop aroma with the clean, crisp, classic malt body of a robust blonde lager. It is both traditionally dry-hopped AND torpedoed with whole-cone American hops for an intense grapefruit and rose-like nose.

My notes: sour, citrus hop on the nose. Golden amber in color. Hop sweetness on palate, malt finish. A slow drinker. BU 70/ALC 8.5%.

MAILARD@WCW2014Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI | Maillard’s Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale Maillard’s Odyssey is a robust dark ale layered with complex malt flavors of toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. This malt-focused concept spawned a daunting grain bill featuring 10 different grains including pale malt, Munich, chocolate malt, oats, dark wheat and roasted barley for a rich, semi-sweet and intense experience.

My notes: intense dark chocolate brown/black in color. Dry seeming at first with slight sweetness at mid-palate. Coffee on the nose and palate with sweetness developing as it warms. Malt finish. BU 40/ALC 8.5%.

TORPEDO@WCW2014Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA | Torpedo Pilsner Torpedo Pilsner ditches the traditional German “noble” hops and heads south of the equator for inspiration. With a traditional golden malt body, this “kiwi” pils features intense fruity and floral New Zealand-grown Motueka and Southern Cross hops, making this an alternate and delicious take on the classic pilsner.

My notes: light lemon yellow in color. Light, fruity, floral and dry. An oat/wheat aftertaste, possibly from hops. BU 45/ALC 5.2%

CHICOKING@WCW20143 Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, IN | Chico King Pale Ale Chico King is a regal yet raucous take on the pale ale that both our breweries adore. It features a complex malt body from the use of an undermodified malt, which leads to a complex and nutty malt flavor, and a bright fruit-forward blend of Mosaic, El Dorado and Calypso hop varietals. Chico King is a beer fit for royalty.

My notes: amber color. Sweet hop nose. Well balanced. Perfect example of the pale ale style. Aromatic as it warms. BU 45/ALC 6.5%

MYRONSWALK@WCW2014Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME | Myron’s Walk Belgian-Style Pale Ale Myron’s Walk is a Belgian-style pale ale combining the best of our two breweries. It features intense citrusy flavor and a complex aroma from the use of fruity and resinous whole-cone Citra and Mosaic hops offset by the complex spicy character of Allagash’s house Belgian yeast strain.

My notes: citrus and pine on the nose with a hop sour sweetness. A true hoppy belgian style. Intense. Sour citrus on the palate. Malt finish. BU 38/ALC 5.3%

IVAN@wcw2014Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA | Yvan the Great Belgian-Style Blonde This genre-bending beer has the bright, resinous hop profile of an American IPA blended with the dry and complex yeast character of a Belgian farmhouse ale. Yvan the Great is a perfect combination of the two brewing styles—hoppy, dry, spicy, and impressive.

My notes: cloudy golden yellow in color. Yeasty nose. With notes of citrus; grapefruit, lemon and pineapple on the palate.  BU 50/ALC 6.3%.

 

Oh……BEER CAMP you and the friends made along the way will be missed. Thanks goes to Sierra Nevada and all the brewers who reached out, commented on my posts and even used my photos on their websites.  Oh Beer Camp where did the time go?  Twelve days just wasn’t enough. ¡SALUD!