You're a Winner, Baby

It’s been a while, everyone. A very long while.

As it turned out, completely changing your life and switching industries, learning a new position, and figuring out a new normal requires a lot of time and energy. And things like this fall by the wayside, which is a shame; I’ve always enjoyed writing, and a few things have happened recently that have made me realize I need to jump back into the pool and start kicking again. Besides, I turn 35 tomorrow and, as I’ve discovered before, life is just too damn short.

Perhaps the biggest thing to announce is that in June I became the United States champion in the Wines of South Africa Sommelier Cup 2019. It’s crazy to think that within a year of entering into this wonderful, bizarre world of wine I’ve got that title under my belt, and I’m so excited to represent my community in Cape Town next month. Regardless of the result, I feel like a winner, and I’m going to keep doing my best to promote these wines locally and to whomever else might be curious.

Showing off the amazing pizza necklace given to me by New York Pizza School for winning that part of the competition, as well.

Showing off the amazing pizza necklace given to me by New York Pizza School for winning that part of the competition, as well.

Another unexpected happening came in the form of Jancis Robinson’s summer writing contest, to which I’d submitted an entry a few weeks ago (and promptly forgot). As it turns out, my submission was shortlisted for the grand prize, and it reminded me why I started this website in the first place.

Mayor Peduto creating quite a hashtag, yinz guys.

Mayor Peduto creating quite a hashtag, yinz guys.

In short, I’m back, folks. Stay tuned.