Edit: Since I posted this I have come to realize that the Examiner position isn’t exactly what I’m looking for. It wasn’t clear to me that they were looking for a journalist approach to writing and that’s just not my style. It may be selfish but I get more joy from writing when I can include my own opinion. At least a little bit…..
I have been loading my plate with projects lately though it’s not at all haphazard as it may seem. I’m actually following the plan that I setup at the end of last year. The loose goal is to surround myself with the things that I truly enjoy, instead of convincing myself that I enjoy the things I’m surrounded with. Make sense?
Anyway, the newest project just materialized this week. My friend James passed on a link to job openings to write for The Examiner last week and I applied for a few spots. Found out this week that I was chosen as the Reno Wine Pairing Examiner!
It’s not a full time job, in fact I won’t really make much money at all from it. The end goal is to develop/expand my reputation for writing about food and wine to land bigger and better gigs in the future. Buried way back in the depths of my brain for many years has been the thought that I could write about food for a living. Something along the lines of Anthony Bourdain, traveling the world eating and drinking, writing it down and getting paid for it. Good idea no?
Warning- I’m going on a tangent here….. If you haven’t read his book Kitchen Confidential (That’s an affiliate link right there, if you click and buy then I will get about 56 cents. Why not right?) you should pick it up. Even if you’re not a foodie it spins an interesting tale of his passion and journey along his career. I agree with about 99.9% of what he says regarding food so it would give you a better understanding of me as well, if you care.
And back on track- So, I see the new gig of writing for the Examiner as a stepping stone towards that goal. Anything I can do at this point to engage in my passions will push me further ahead.
I am also planning on using it to gather together the wine snobs of Reno. I have talked in the past about getting a group together for a trip to Napa and this would be a good way to gather those folks. It is also a great way to help out my friends in the wine business by letting the group know about wine tasting events around town. If you’re interested in getting in early, not that you get anything extra for that, then sign up for my new email list and join us for some fun.
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- Wine and cheese pairing
- Exploring the five flavors
- Balancing flavors in wine pairing
- BBQ and wine
- Reading wine labels
- And many more as I’m shooting for 3-5 a week
Time to start writing! Help me out a little- what questions have you always had about pairing wines? Give me some ideas and I’ll get them answered for you. Thanks!