Why do we write about wine?

by Eve Resnick on May 6, 2008

in General

Did you ever ask yourself this question? Or did anybody ask you this question? To tell you the truth, I’m a little in trouble to answer it. Since our tomorrow’s podcast is on this very subject, I might as well try to start thinking about it today!

As far as I remember – even as a young child – I always loved and enjoyed writing. If I tell you I wrote very long letters to friends and family during my school vacation when a child, I’m afraid you’ll easily figure out how old I am! Then growing up as a teenager and a young woman, I kept writing – for pleasure and for work. I became one of those academics publishing articles and books on various subjects. Let’s explain the situation: I already had several careers – the first one as a visiting Professor at UCLA and then as a teacher in France, the second one as a writer, an editorial consultant and a publisher; an other one as an academic and researcher and the current one as an international wine consultant, writer and educator. Writing is the only activity I never quit.

Why do I write? Because I love sharing my passion for whatever is my topic of the moment: wine, lifestyle, food, travel, cross-cultures, history. Because I’m an educator at heart: nothing makes me happier than facing a young (or older) crowd of people sharing my passion, agreeing or disagreeing with what I just said and exchanging ideas and tips. Because I’m lucky to have two languages to express myself and several cultures to share and explore.

What do I write about? I don’t enjoy writing tasting notes, for example: tasting is a personal experience, happening at a certain time and for a certain occasion. Taste the same wine with different people, at a different place and for a different occasion: you won’t have the same feeling. I like writing about wine and food cultures in the world, about people I met and what they brought me as human beings, about history of wine and food all around the world. I enjoy sharing addresses of places I discovered while traveling and talk with people I don’t know.

I feel a little self conscious talking so much about myself! I look forward to hearing what others have to say on why, what and how they write about wine.

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