Media technology is amazing. So is wine geekdom. I realized this morning that I was currently reading 3 books. I picked up a beautiful hard backed copy of Kevin Zraly’s Complete Wine Course the 2012 edition for my birthday. I have downloaded a sample of Matt Kramer On Wine on my phone and on my Kindle I have a copy of Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking by Michael Gelb. I have links to all my favorite Wine Blogs on my cell (Steve Heimoff, Terroirist, Vinography). I check my e-mail on my phone as soon as I get up and I get the my daily fix of 1 Wine Dude and get my FeedBlitz for the Tablas Creek Blog. On Facebook I am friends with all my favorite wineries and even have some of them grouped into lists by regions. I love when the Food and Wine Magazine comes each month and love it even better when I can steal Michael’s iPad and read the online version. I love being able to click through and get more information.
Now I have other hobbies and other passions, but it was a little overwhelming to find that technology had me swimming in all kinds of information on my favorite subject anywhere that I was. I’m constantly working on databases for different wine regions that we would like to travel to. I am a research junkie.
I troll sites for new videos, like the Wine Down or the Lone Madrone site for Conversations with a Winemaker. Yesterday I got sucked into research on the Mozart Effect and how that can tie in with wine tasting and making wines taste better (inspired by a chapter in the Michael Gelb book). I was looking into the history of Virginia Wineries yesterday for an upcoming trip and found the amazing website for the Virginia Wine Organization, beautifully laid out and with tons of easy access information on varietals being grown in Virginia that I have never tasted!
I started out being a little embarrassed by my geekdom, but as I look at it my pride is growing a bit. I love this subject and I immerse myself in it and learn as much as I can, and yet I still feel like a novice. I don’t think that will ever change. There is too much to learn, too many opinions to read and see if I agree with and too many wines to taste. Those we won’t ever run out of!