Editor’s Note: We’re excited to welcome Madeline Puckette to Menuism as our new expert on wine! Her first article will premiere this Thursday. We were sad when Etty Lewensztain moved on, as she has been a wonderful voice on our blog. But we know Madeline will be just as fantastic as Etty, having already contributed some great articles, including The Problem with Wine by the Glass (and the Solution), Pinot Noir, the King of Spring, and Fundamentals of Food and Wine Pairing. Madeline is the host of winefolly.com, a wine learning website serving up wine courses, videos and articles to inspire wine drinkers everywhere. Get to know Madeline even better with her interview below, and help us welcome her to the Menuism Blog! – KK
How did your fascination with wine begin?
My dad got me a wine subscription when I turned 21. I think it was his way of trying to ensure that if I was drinking it would be wine. After that, about six months into my subscription, I tasted a wine that made me go “Aha!” I got it about wine; the complexity and the nuanced flavors. I started buying a lot and even collecting it. Then in 2009, I was laid off from my designer job; the corporation I worked for outsourced my job to another country. With nothing to lose, I pursued my passion and passed the Court of Master’s Sommelier Level 2 exam in 2010!
What it is it about wine that keeps you interested day in and day out?
Wine is about stories and history. Wine is also cutting-edge science and technology. Once you go down the rabbit hole into wine, you realize it’s a lens you can see the world through. One of my personal goals is to visit all the wine regions of the world.
What misconceptions about wine do you want to help the web overcome?
People rely on wine ratings to help them find a wine they like. Wine is so much more than just A ratings; it’s a personal preference and an experience. Once you learn more about what you like, you won’t be driving with your head down. The web is a great place to provide the tools people can use to learn about their own personal tastes. It’s also a great place for inspiration and discovery of new regions and different types of wine.
If you could only drink one kind of wine for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I’m going to skirt around this question and say Pinot Noir in all its forms: Champagne (Blanc de Noirs), white Pinot Noir, rosé, and red!
When you’re not drinking wine, what are you drinking?
Madeline Puckette is the host of winefolly.com, a wine learning website serving up wine courses, videos and articles to inspire wine drinkers everywhere. A certified sommelier through Court of Masters, Madeline Puckette offers an alternative approach to loving wine: learn by drinking. Follow Madeline @Winefolly as she finds the most passionate people behind the wine.