"This journey of self discovery will bring education and new experiences across different landscapes and cultures in the world of wine, beer, and spirits."
My fascination with wine, beer, and spirits started in early 2001, when I arrived in beautiful Italy. I was a young soldier and wanted to go to Europe, travel the world, experience different cultures, customs, and cuisines. As I started traveling around Italy, I noticed myself spending most of my free time exploring amazing restaurants, wineries,local beers and spirits. I remember going to Padova for the first time and trying what I thought at the time was a weird Orange drink called Spritz, where the drink was first invented. To this day, I can still picture friends and I riding motorcycles throughout the Northern landscape of Italy trying amazing wines. Valpolicella and Amarone wine became regular table wine during the 6 years living in Italy. Grappa became the after-dinner digestive drink that was taught to us by our Italian friends.
After a few years in Italy, I bought my first book to help educate me on wines which was called, Great wines made simple by Andrea Robinson. One day I will thank her for making the language of wine clear for me when I was a young soldier.
After 6 years in Italy, I moved to Bamberg, Germany for a few years. A beautiful city untouched by the World Wars, which has tons of breweries. I learned to appreciate German beer here. Smoked beer by Schlenkerla, Mahrs brau, Klosterbrau to name a few. Bock beers became the drink of choice in winter along with Gluehwein around the holidays. Keller beers were always my first choice along with Hefeweizens. I truly appreciate the German tradition of making beer and how their culture revolves around it.
Over my 20-year military career, my curiosity and passion grew for wanting to learn and try different spirits, wines, beers as I traveled around the world. Looking back, I never gave this my full attention. And now as I close the chapter on the military, I start a new journey. Serving my country has given me values, lessons, and experiences no other job can give in my opinion. I carry them forward to this journey. Learning, bringing value, sharing the knowledge I receive about beer, wine, and spirits is why I started this website.
As my experience and knowledge evolves, so will the website, my articles and stories about beer, wine, and spirits. I am an amateur at best right now, but I cannot wait to learn, travel and work along side some of the best minds in the beer, wine, and spirits world, and share this experience with everyone. This is my personal exploration. This is my journey.