Nikki and Erica created Yes Way Rosé, a lifestyle brand that has skyrocketed with success. Looking at their journey in the past two years, that even seems like a bit of an understatement. They now have wine of the same name that can be found virtually everywhere. Nikki and Erica are living proof that “wine experts” come from all walks of life.
One of my favorite parts of their story is that they weren’t looking to create wine, but rather interested in sharing wine and having fun.
Success is a combination of factors including great ideas, luck, timing and execution. For Nikki and Erica, everything came together in the perfect pink-colored storm.
Steve De Long is a great guide to have by your side in the wine world. After all, it can be scary, overwhelming and complicated place.
If you’re on any journey, it’s important to know where you are going. Better yet, you’ll want to have a map to help you stay the course.
Steve can help you do exactly that. He makes some of the finest wine maps in the industry today.
Funny thing though, I didn’t meet Steve because of his wine maps initially. I met him because of his Wine Tasting Notebook. This was before I learned about the Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine from WSET and Deductive Tasting from the Court of Master Sommeliers. In the early days, I used Steve’s book to track my first tasting notes in the wine world.
Randy Smith is better known as The Wine Write across the internet. He focuses his blog on winemaker, wineries and other people based in the Central Coast.
Beyond telling great stories about the wine industry, Randy does something admirable which is niche down into a very specific region. With the wine world being so large, I think many people struggle with where to begin. This is something I talked about with Chappy Cottrell during on our podcast episode.
If you’re like Randy, then choosing a region to discover is going to help you understand wine much better than picking bottles at random. The next time you taste a wine you like, I’d recommend that you ask yourself questions about what you’re drinking.
If you do not know George Taber, he is the author of the Judgement of Paris and is the only reporter to cover the 1976 Paris tasting. In this epic head-to-head battle, Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet went up against White Burgundy and Red Bordeaux.
California came out on top, sending shockwaves throughout the wine world.
I was fortunate enough to sit down with George two years ago on the 41st anniversary of the Paris tasting.
My favorite project Richard has ever done is the Scratch and Sniff Guide to Wine. This book was cornerstone to my wine education, and, I dare say, it got me my first wine job. It’s simple, elegant and genius.
If you’re passionate about cocktails, wine and booze in general, it’s impossible not to get inspired by Elliott Clark. His Instagram feed is a cultivation of deliciously handcrafted cocktails made in…you guessed it…his apartment.
Even though his drinks look beautiful and his photos are stunning, it’s his unpretentious attitude and belief that anyone can make better cocktails at home that aid Elliott in inspiring others.
Ray Fister is not an amateur. Ray has over 40 years experience as an audio engineer and got into the podcast game before it was cool, trendy and barely a sensation. There’s something about that kind of wisdom.
That’s what I remember most about my interview with Ray.
His advice is like that of an old friend. It’s not cutesy, but a reality check that slaps you in the face.
I had such a great time talking to Ray. In fact, he gave me over an hour of his time, so there is about 20 to 30 minutes that didn’t make the final cut. But that said, I had to take Ray’s advice and be ruthless as an editor.
Ray’s interview is one I continued to revisit, and I hope you do the same.