I started my social media craze in 2009. ((don’t really want to count MySpace pre-2009)). I took to Twitter quickly, and then FaceBook really caught on for me. My original intention was to use these platforms for my now defunct Real Estate career. Early on, I met two wonderful cheerleaders who asked to use my Real Estate Tweets for their website, “Breaking Napa Valley News”, they had a Real Estate tab, and I guess I fit right in! (Thank you Dean Guadagni & Susan Hanshaw!) <<Still friends BTW.
My focus soon switched from Napa Valley Real Estate to Napa Valley WINE! I quickly learned that I held more passion for wine than property, and since I got into real estate for “spite” (Think Jerry Seinfeld returning the coat for spite), I decided to switch my focus. It’s been wine, wine events, wine tastings, wine, dining, wine, and more wine since then!
I dubbed myself the Napa Ambassador and ran with it. The response that I received was overwhelming, and so as to not let anyone down, most of all myself, I decided to learn more and more about wine. Napa primarily, but Sonoma as well. This helped me ease my way into quite a few wine industry jobs. Tasting room, social media, wine club management, tour driving, and the like.
I’m working! @TasteAtOxbow <~Twitter (Taste at Oxbow, 708 First St. Napa)
I’m still a “student of wine”, and don’t aspire to hold any titles, I just want to learn MORE! I’m taking a wonderful course at the Napa Community College, Wines of the World, and I’m pretty sure some of the information will stick!
Many opportunities have presented themselves, because of my love of wine, and social media. I was able to attend some wonderful Premiere Napa Valley 2012 events with my good friend Grace, rubbed elbows with some wonderful people, and hopefully helped them make some great connections.
Check out Grace’s blog here! http://cellarmistress.blogspot.com/2012/03/afternoon-at-flora-springs-estate.html
@JeraeK @DoWhatTheF @Canapes45 @FloraSprings <~ check us out on Twitter!
My current DREAM job is allowing me to attend the Rhone Rangers San Francisco tasting this Sunday, March 25th at Fort Mason. I don’t know Rhone, but I want to! (I understand Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir, the nuances)
http://www.rhonerangers.org/calendar/sf_grand_tasting.php <<Link to Rhone Rangers website
To ready my palate and my soul, I’m sipping on a 2009 Thomas Coyne Viognier. It has some peach & apricot notes in the background. I quite like it!
Getting my Rhone on!
My “dream” job. It finally happened! The social media and wine studying has paid off. I now find myself at http://1313main.com/index.html as the Social Media director, local PR & marketing, and events planning. This is what I’ve been working toward for 3 years.
Myself & my boss, Al Jabarin, of 1313 Main & Cal wine.
Photo courtesy of Frank Gutierrez, @FrankLovesWine on Twitter. Check him out!