A little over three months ago I posted about my personal life for the first time here. It was because I thought that the loss of my day job would have a direct impact on my podcast and this blog. So it is with great pleasure that I announce my return to full employment as Director of Marketing for Goosecross Cellars in Yountville, CA. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œBut donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t you live in the Twin CitiesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?, you ask? The answer is yes and IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ll remain living here. If you would have said I would be working for a winery in the Napa Valley in January, I would have thought you were crazy, but this is indeed how things worked out.
So what does this mean for Winecast? Nothing and everything. I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t plan to change anything and will be getting back into more of the routine of weekend podcast postings that I had been doing in the past. As a member of the wine trade, this will open many opportunities to taste new wines and talk with winemakers and winery owners, but it will not be from the vantage point of a consumer, but as an industry insider. I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t plan on changing my focus here away from exploring wines from around the world and will make sure that I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t get too California-centric given my more frequent trips to Napa. I will also not review any Goosecross wines or talk about any aspects of my business here. Winecast will strictly be a private blog and podcast, as it has been since I started in December of 2004.
I appreciate all the listeners who supported me with donations and good words during my time of unemployment. I will be using all the funds collected to buy wines for future podcasts and will get back to purchasing wines myself or accepting samples from wineries or distributors. My samples policy has always been to accept if offered, but never to solicit them. When I do accept samples, I will fully disclose this, as I have been doing.
This is a turning point in my life and I am very happy things worked out the way they have. I will now return to posting about wines and interesting industry stories I come across in my blog readings. IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ll also be disclosing my employment status when it makes sense to do so for transparency.
Cheers and Happy Easter!