Category Archives: Winetalk

Welcome to Dionyses’s Play Ground

“Wine is liquid humanism.” Wes Hagen, winemaker, Clos Pepe Vineyards

Billy Joel once said, “If you’re not doing what you love, you’re wasting your time.” The “Piano Man” is right I’m so thankful that I have discovered my passion (wine) and I’m on the right path toward what I want to be doing for a career. I have worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years now. Working as a server in many fine dining establishments I have opened and poured thousands of bottles of wine and served that many guest, I was completely ignorant to the processes and intricacies of this amazing nectar in a bottle.

At this point in time I am right where I want to be (career wise). I just recently start working part-time at Wild Horse Winery as a Wine Educator and Tour Guide. I am also slowly taking over the position of Wine Director at the restaurant that I current serve tables at. This is a huge opportunity for me. I am currently studying viticulture at Allan Hancock College and plan on taking my Certified Sommelier Certification in the near future.

Along the way I will be learning a lot, making mistakes and making new discoveries. I wish to share, document, and educate my experiences and what I’ve learned to my blog followers along the way. This is the purpose of Dionysus’s Play Ground. What kind of post can one expect? Topics may include: viticulture (grape growing), wine making practices, international wine topics, wine law, local wines, local wine events, wine education, current wine news, wine history, how to sell wine, wine service, wine tasting, wine storage, wine reviews and much more. I plan on covering a wide spectrum of topics to give followers variety and I plan on presenting each topic in a straight forward unpretentious fashion all while doing so in a fun inactive way that I hope will bring people back for more.