Tell us about your passion for wine, your blog, your thoughts on the subject. Why is wine brilliant!
My real interest in the world of wine started not long after I joined Virgin Atlantic. I was lucky enough to join a cabin crew wine training day hosted by Master of Wine Demetri Walters at Berry Bros. & Rudd. Demetri’s charismatic approach was fun and informative. I was instantly inspired to learn more, so I took my first wine qualification within a few weeks. From then on, I made a point of exploring vineyards across our route network, whether in South Africa, California or even in Florida. My thirst for knowledge (excuse the pun!) has grown, and I have since taken further qualifications. I love trying wines that are off the beaten track, such as a New York Riesling, Washington State Sauvignon Blanc, Indian Shiraz and Chinese Rose. I started my Instagram blog @wineandthesky as a virtual record of the wines I try, as I rarely drink the same wine twice. I also use it as a way of sharing my experiences and introducing new wine regions or varietals.
Like a good book that can transport you to a different place, I believe the same can be said about wine. Certain aromas and tastes can conjure up the same enjoyable feelings and memories of being somewhere special. I am also fascinated by the stories and the labelling behind the wine. All wines are born from a labour of love. They are all unique and have their own nuances. The more I learn about wine, the more I enjoy it; it complements my love for travel. For me, wine is brilliant for many reasons. It’s the geography, the history, the landscape, and the holistic experience wine can deliver.