A New Adventure

Hubby and I are having a baby!

new adventure starts

I’m now on maternity leave and into my second week. My baby is due November 10, so she will be here any day now. Hubby and I can’t wait to meet her. She’s our first child. She will be my parents’ second grandchild and hubby’s parents’ first. We are all super excited, to say the least.

While I await her arrival, I’ve been busy getting her essentials in order these past few weeks, and I’ve also re-lit the flame for this blog. I have many plans, and my creative juices are getting out of control. I want to get as much done as possible before motherhood catches up to me.

Here’s what I’m up to:

I’m in the process of converting this blog into a website, a more resource driven one. I’m looking at logos and in search of a designer for that, as well as a website. Once I get my logo, I think I’ll have a better idea of how I want my site to look. My target launch date is January 14, 2018.

I’m interviewing people in the wine industry, which serves my goal of providing a more resourceful site. I’ll be publishing the interviews in the resources section of the new site, so the first one will be up when it’s launched!

Publishing consistent content on a weekly basis. I have so many blog posts in my drafts folder that I started and haven’t finished.

Gigi Rosso's bottis

Large Slovenian oak barrels (aka bottis) at Gigi Rosso in Castiglione Falletto, in Piedmont’s Barolo region.

A preview of what’s coming up include posts on Barolo and Barbaresco, Argentina, Cowichan Valley, European sparklings, how to saber, Niagara wines, Champagne facts, and wine and pregnancy, just to name a few.

At the very least, on every wine day out there, I plan to do a live video on my Facebook page. I just did one on Champagne last week. Here’s a live one I did with Valerie of Demystified Vine at one of our wine club meetings this summer.

I want to improve my off-the-cuff speaking skills and I feel going live will help me improve. p.s. Give my page a Like please, if you haven’t yet — that way, you won’t miss out on my live videos 😉

Upload monthly YouTube videos. I started a channel this summer with the goal of improving my presentation and public speaking abilities. Unfortunately, video editing isn’t my strong suit, so even though monthly videos doesn’t seem like much, it’s realistic for me given this weakness and the fact that my baby girl is entitled to all of my time that she wants.

Pursuit of continued education (and happiness). One of the reasons I love wine is because there’s always more to learn, regardless of how much you know. You’re constantly being challenged, if you want to be. I’ve been revisiting my WSET 3 book and The World Atlas of Wine frequently. My love of Italian wine and my desire to learn as much as I can about their vino have prompted me to register for the Italian Wine Scholar course being offered in Vancouver in late February, early March via the Wine Scholar Guild. My baby will be about 4 months by that time. Hubby looks forward to spending the extra daddy and daughter time while I’m in class! Plus, I think he’s excited to learn what I learn, too since he’s a big Italian wine fan. Of course, I’ll be sharing my newly acquired knowledge of Italian wine here too, in my approachable wine talk manner, obviously.

Soon enough, I’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine. I haven’t had a drink of wine the last 8.5 months! Spitting just ain’t the same, as I’m sure you would agree. Thanks for following along on my journey, whether it’s here on the blog or one of my social media channels (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). So excited about this new adventure!