I’m beat. Seriously, totally worn, on a plane from London Heathrow to Stockholm, Sweden after almost two weeks of crazy fun. How the British wine and food writers look as hot as they do will remain a mystery to me – the amount of good wine and delectable dining that goes down in that town could make a wreck out of most able-bodied men and women. Me, for one, am going straight into detox-mode now, with a week without alcohol and with daily rounds to the gym. Well, at least those are my intentions…
Three wine fairs in a row (RAW, Real Wine Fair and London International Wine Fair/LIWF) is quite a bit to handle, and I might have been more focused by the end had I been able to breath in between. However, I was still very satisfied with the visit. I met so many of the people I have only had contact with through twitter. Some became real friends, some may be future colleagues, and some will be ideal to meet for a drink next time around. There are winemakers I will visit and others’ whose wines I will chase down. Either way, I feel quite happily at home in this nutty industry. Hope we have a future together. It just might be love.
I’d like to suggest to you a few great people to follow if you are a twitter-user:
My beautiful, wonderful hostess. Singer and communications-person within Waitrose Wine/Spirits/Beer buying team. @anneejones
Anne – you rock!
The most knowledgeable, funny and energetic wine person ever. Don’t miss: Joachim Wadsack, www.joewadsack.com @vinesack
Experts, journalists, winemakers etc:
@will_lyons – journalist, wine column Wall Street Journal
@hernehillandy – journalist and editor, wine column The Evening Standard
@antrose33 – wine column in the Independent, Decanter on wine investments
@isabellelegeron – That Crazy French Woman (Travelchannel UK), founder RAW
@jamiegoode – author of Authentic Wine and The Science of Wine
@RemyCharest – Canadian editor of Palate Press
@robertjoseph – thinks about wine, interest in the consumer + social media
@winebusprof – Damien Wilson, Dijon-based wine market researcher
@vinosity – Nayan Gowda, winemaker for hire
Wine writers, bloggers, pr:
@sipswooshspit – Paola Tich, journalist, wine-blogger and PR consultant
@winewomansong – Juel Mahoney, social media for Bibendum
@cathmonahan – runs Winestars + pr, knows her champagne
@allisonedillon – food&wine communications, lovely!
@grapesofros – Rosamund Hall, going to be big in wine writing, just wait!
@eatlikeagirl – my new Irish friend and co-taster, an active and funny twitterer
Social media vixens:
@gabriellaopaz, @ryanopaz, @thirstforwine @thevinehub
Many more new friends and acquaintances are missing on the list. You know who you are. I’m glad I met you!