Why I Write About Wine


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Why I Write about Wine 

By L.M. Archer, FWS

Wine Geek on board.

“It’s a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you’ll be amused by its
presumption.” – James Thurber

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Lately, I’ve been asking myself why I write about wine.

Probably because I’ve been on the road a lot lately to various wine regions, talking to a lot of people.

My focus tends towards terroir, the people who tend the vines, and those who make the wines.

I try not to take wine too seriously, but I do care deeply about the people and wine regions I visit.


I write about wine because I think that some people hunger to connect with something deeper

than a 140-character tweet about what wine pairs well with Wagyu beef.

I write about wine because I think some people thirst to read about people

with dreams and aspirations,

fears and frustrations –

just like them.

But, unlike them,

people who have taken

a leap of faith

to follow those dreams,

despite their fears.

Dreams involving wine –

the red thread

that binds us all –

joining us

over meals,



I know I do.

I write about wine because I think people yearn for a dose of real-life heroes –

 antidotes to real-life TV with talk-show chasers.

Writing about wine – it’s been a learning curve.

Understanding that there is no such thing as a free sample.

Or event invite.


Writing about wine, I’ve made mistakes along the way.

And a few typos.

I’ve learned that

I’m a taster, not a drinker.

A listener, not a schmoozer.

That I value long-term relationships, not short-term soundbites.

That typos are correctable,

But not first impressions.


Some cringe-worthy stories there – stories for future posts…

Just not today…

Today I wanted to share why I write about wine…

why I choose to write about wine…

why I want to write about wine.



What about you, dear reader? Thoughts? Feel free to leave your comments below.


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