Irene, Vegas Wineaux FounderVegas Wineaux
Why do I think that people enjoying wine is a wonderful thing? Isn’t wine just for snobs or the very rich? That’s where I come in to rid everyone of those notions. We can all achieve wine snob status without being snobby about it!
I’ve had a deep passion for wine for most of my adult life. From the first time that I tentatively sipped my grandmother’s homemade apple wine, I have been fascinated by this magical elixir. Through the years I have continued to enjoy wine in its many forms. I joined – and formed! – wine clubs, haunted tastings and wineries, subscribed to wine magazines, hosted and attended home wine-tasting events, and took as many classes as I could – primarily at the college level – to learn as much as possible about wine.
And then I decided to get really serious about it and pursue the all-important certifications. Sommelier, California Wine Appellation Specialist, Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Cork Specialist, with Certified Wine Educator and French Wine Scholar in the not-so-distant future, it’s been important to gain the credibility of demonstrable, exceptional knowledge about all things wine.
My wine epiphany came when I tasted a truly fine wine and realized that wine was more than just Mogen David or Boone’s Farm. As it turned out, that wine was a highly-rated Napa Chardonnay. And the rest, as they say, is history. While my path to full wine enjoyment has occasionally taken me to other life adventures, I have had a laserlike focus on the topic of wine appreciation and the pleasure that it gives for well over a decade.
My years as a trainer and teacher have served me well in the world of wine. An appreciation for clear-cut information and detail morphed into an ethereal enjoyment and respect of the skill and knowledge that it takes to produce wines of quality. My years of experience as a bartender and bar manager and years-long membership in the American Wine Society have given me a respect for and heightened my appreciation of wines and enhanced my ability to fully understand and discern the qualities within them. My brainchild of the Vegas Wineaux Wine Club has seen an idea blossom into one of the most popular and respected wine appreciation clubs in Greater Las Vegas. My singular focus on the wines of the Central Coast of California has made me one of the most articulate and cogent spokesmen for that area. I have the skills, love, knowledge, and ability to effectively share my knowledge and passion for this elixir with anyone who wants to learn.
So what is this Vegas Wineaux thing about? It’s about starting from square one when it comes to wines. It’s about learning the ABCs before learning how to read. In other words, before one can become a Wine Snob, one must start off as a Neophyte. And about Combatting Swirl Envy – that feeling you get when you see true wine snobs swirl, sniff, and savor their wine – learn how to look like a wine snob yourself! This is a fun way to get a solid foundation before tackling the business of learning about types, regions, and styles of wine, and Vegas Wineaux is just the one to start you on your journey.
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