2013, I resolve to:
1. Visit some of the wineries I've been meaning to see: Hawk and Horse in Lake County, Matthiason in Napa, and Giornata in Santa Barbara County. Others include Lucas in Lodi, Smith Vineyard in Grass Valley, and Lavender Ridge in Murphys - those farflung corners!
2. Start giving organic wine tours in northern California. (Let me know if you'd like to schedule one - email email@example.com).
3. Most of all, finish my wine app Organic Wine Uncorked: Wines for $20 or Less.
Looking back over 2012, a lot happened for me in terms of my wine education:
1. Formal Classes
After completing four of the five classes needed for a wine certificate at U.C. Berkeley Extension (a needed fifth class has not been offered for the past four semesters), I also took the Italian wine specialist class offered by the North American Sommelier Association, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in wine. One need not be a sommelier to take the class (I certainly am not), but it will open your eyes to a wide variety of Italian varietals and regions.
2. Wine Tasting across Southern Italy and Greece
In the fall of 2012, I visited southern Italy on a grand tour of ancient Greek sites, which took me to the wine regions of the Abruzzo, Puglia, Campania, and Sicily, before venturing on to Greece, where I tasted local wines in Athens, the Peloponnese, Santorini and Crete. (I'll be blogging about the trip and posting a few photos once they are all downloaded and edited).
I published more than 125 blog posts about organic wines in the U.S. (primarily). There are now more than 320 published blog posts on this blog, which is the only blog to my knowledge about organic wine and organic viticulture in the U.S. I also hope to start finishing a lot of draft blog posts and publishing them.
Work on the app continues. It may also be released as an ebook and a print book. Stay tuned.
Wishing you all happy organic wine discoveries in 2013 and beyond!