“Don’t wine-lovers love every kind of wine and find any excuse to enjoy it?”

So says Socrates in Plato’s Republic.

What I mean to say is that my love of ancient philosophical ideas seems to have been waiting for the day I would fall in love with wine.

It happened in Australia when I became the president of my college’s Senior Common Room and gained access to its storied cellar. Treasures heaping, and I was like an illiterate barbarian looking in the window. So I took a couple of wine courses, visited some wine spots, and even got dirty and tired doing harvest tasks.

I can’t stop. The wine bug bit me and I think I’m in it for life. I hold a WSET Level 3 certificate, and I am set to start my Diploma study this year.

Places I’ve visited:

  • Mornington Peninsula (Australia)
  • Yarra Valley (Australia)
  • Adelaide Hills (Australia)
  • Clare and Eden Valleys (Australia)
  • Tasmania (Australia)
  • Colchagua Valley (Chile)
  • San Antonio Valley (Chile)
  • Tuscany (Italy)
  • Santa Barbara (California)
  • Paso Robles (California)
  • Temecula (California)
  • Finger Lakes (New York)

  • The bucket list:

  • Burgundy
  • Champagne
  • Piedmont
  • Etna