About – February 2017
Hi, my name is Jeff Burrows and I’ve been blogging at FoodWineClick! for nearly 5 years! Maybe it’s time to update my “about” page.
I love exploring the intersection of food and wine, hopefully highlighted with beautiful photos of wines, meals, and places. I prefer wines which are “old world” and food-friendly in approach. That is, higher acid, less overt use of oak, and perhaps a bit less fruit forward and ripe.
My interest in wine has only increased over this five years, leading me to complete my first international certification at the Advanced level from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, headquartered in London. My #1 lesson from that experience was a reminder that there are so many interesting and beautiful wine regions around the world that I need to keep exploring and expanding my knowledge of them. Now that’s some fun homework!
I hope I can successfully share my experiences with my readers. Who are my readers? We probably have something in common:
- Shop at least occasionally at a local farmers market
- Cook from scratch – start with ingredients closer to the source. Not required every day!
- Listen to The Splendid Table on NPR, watch The Chef’s Table on Netflix, own more than 5 cookbooks
- Love to try new wines from new regions, winegrowers
- Interested in smaller family operations including farms, grape growers, winemakers
- Interested in learning more about wine, especially wine with food
Finally, on a suggestion from my adult children who noted they can’t afford many of my wine choices, I have started a Wine 101 series. This series is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more without spending an exorbitant amount of money.
About – April 2012
I came to wine appreciation a little over 2 years ago. It’s been a fun journey; just starting. I have gone from knowing almost nothing to being the person who gets handed the wine list when we are with a group out for dinner. And I enjoy it!
Our old next door neighbors, Lynn and Perry Pelos had a long time dream of owning a winery. They made their dream come true! They purchased vineyard land in Oregon for a Pinot Noir vineyard and eventual winery. When they launched their winery with their first release with the 2006 vintage, I wasn’t quite ready to make the leap. A year later, I thought I should at least find out a little about wine, and buy some iOTA cellars wines to try. Then Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s book “Drink This” (my first blog post).
Since then, my wife, Julie and I have embraced the idea of wine at the table – as a companion to food. Our preferred wine style could be described many ways: food friendly, old world, less alcohol & less oak. In the natural wine discussion, we tend towards an interest in these types of wines. We also embrace American and other New World wines made in a traditional, food friendly style. We like that there are many styles and types of wines. Who would want a world where there is only one “best” of anything? There is room for all tastes!