We’ve always enjoyed having a glass of wine with dinner – our first date ended with a bottle of white out on the back deck of what later became our home, and another of our earlier dates involved a series of half-off Living Social deals that included complimentary wine tastings at local wineries. We didn’t over-imbibe, per se, didn’t often overdo it, but we enjoyed wine with nearly every meal, and sometimes by itself. With that in mind, it didn’t surprise anyone who knows us well when we skipped the more traditional Caribbean honeymoon and spent the days immediately after our wedding in the Sonoma and Napa valleys. We had a wonderful time, learned a ton, and it was a great start to married life (we even went so far as to skip the spa services available at our hotel in order to free up time for more tastings), but we also learned something important about ourselves. Somewhere along the line, wine had transition from being a hobby to being a passion.
We began with no formal training and, frankly, no time to become certified sommeliers. We just liked wine. And we still do. Time passed, and we moved to a new house, took different jobs, and had baby Titus in the fall of 2015, right around the time that Mark passed his WSET I course. Currently, Sonja is pregnant with our second, and as you might expect, this cuts into our shared wine pleasures quite a bit. She’s due in April, and we couldn’t be more excited.
As a father and now a sommelier in title if not in full-time employment, Mark made sure Titus was introduced to wine early on. These days, when Mark pours a glass, Titus smells it with him, and together they discuss the different aromas. Mark will take his WSET II this summer in Minneapolis, the end goal being to earn the title Master of Wine. He has wedded his love of writing with his love of wine, and these days works part time as a freelance wine writer, this blog being the beneficiary of those articles he cannot sell, as well as reposts and, increasingly more often, musings about the wine submitted as samples. Mark uses stories to relay his thoughts on wine, where previously he relied more on numbers. He believes that wine adds to stories, and that numbers detract from wine. For her part, Sonja keeps the page up and running, takes much of the photography, and trouble shoots the web page whenever Mark thinks that he might have broken it. In short, we remain a team. Thanks for reading our blog. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy writing it.