OMG: Welcome to our site Jeff. Tell us, how did you become interested in wine?
JB: “I came to wine late. Until 2009, we were a 4-bottles-a-year wine family, I could never understand what all the fuss was about. Our old next door neighbors and good friends started a winery in the Willamette Valley in Oregon and released their first commercial vintage in 2009. Of course we bought some, but whew, $35 a bottle! I had never spent more than $20 on a bottle of wine. I decided I should learn to actually understand a little more about this whole wine appreciation thing. That was the day I fell down the rabbit hole into Wine Wonderland. Now we have wine at the dinner table every day and our recycling is filled with empty wine bottles. It’s never too late to start!”
OMG: Nothing wrong with being a late-bloomer! So falling down the rabbit hole must’ve been an incredible journey, because it lead you to creating FoodWineClick.com, right?
JB: “Wine encouraged a rekindled interest in food and cooking, and I started taking photos of our creations. I took a food photography class, and students in the class challenged each other to have their blogs operational by the last class. There’s nothing like a deadline to encourage action! FoodWineClick.com became my platform to share a combined love of food, wine and beautiful photography with other enthusiasts. The blog has brought me new blogging friends and winegrower contacts all around the world.”
JB: “My goal over the next year is to work on increasing my readership. I’ve always tried to focus on content, and I receive consistently good feedback, but I’m hoping I can find more people interested in following along.”
OMG: What do you hope your readers are gleaning from your site?
JB: “On a daily basis, I’d love for my readers to incorporate wine at the dinner table, enjoying a glass with nice meals, take-out, and even leftovers. I’d also love for my readers to become curious about new wine regions and especially about small wineries, especially those that are still family run.”
OMG: Well that is certainly what led our paths to cross! I’m all about the small wineries. I was a wine consultant and we specialized in boutique wineries, (besides, living in Northern California I’m surrounded by them), so I totally get what you mean. Plus, a glass of wine makes just about any meal feel more special…even those left-overs you mentioned!
Okay, this is the time when I put you on the spot. If you could pick anywhere in the world, where would it be and which wine would you be tasting?
JB: “Would you allow me two stops on my trip?”
OMG: What the heck, you only live once!
JB: “I’m a big fan of Italian wines, so I’d go to the Piedmont and then jump down to Sicily. We’ve visited the Piedmont several times and we have lots of friends now that we miss and would love to visit again and enjoy eating and drinking with them. Of course, this would include Barolo and Barbaresco, but there are so many delicious wines from the region, we would want to enjoy them all! Sicily is on my short list for a new region to visit, and I can hardly wait until we get the chance to go. My first stop would be the region around Mt. Etna. The volcanic soils and high altitude combine to produce wines that I find simply irresistible. Plus, there’s the whole active volcano thing!”
OMG: Yep, Italian wines are my very favorite too, and we love them from all different regions of Italy. We also love that we can purchase some incredible wines for next to nothing when we are there. In fact, I shouldn’t admit this, but I think we drink more wine than water when we are in Italy!
So tell us this Jeff, what are your FIVE current favorite picks under $25 & your current 5 favorites if price is no object?
Sky’s the Limit