Of all the social networks, Instagram is by far my favorite way to learn about wine — and probably more importantly, the people in wine. It can be super fun to ogle at bottle shots (I’m certainly guilty of posting many of those) or follow winemakers during harvest, but it’s the accounts that teach me a little something or show off a creative way to look at wine, that I really appreciate. Here are three of the accounts I’m currently crushing on. Leave me a comment with the accounts that make you happy.
Beautiful photography and profiles of winemakers.
An artist takes tasting notes from mobile app Delectable and turns them into funny often literal cartoon sketches.
Curious about the women who get their hands dirty in the business? This account introduces you to them.
Thanks to winewithkristen for posting this story and bringing it to my attention!
Here’s my favorite paragraph of this story:
Given the general public’s recent infatuation with the profession, it’s safe to say we’ve officially transitioned from the age of the stuffy sommelier to that of the casually hip “somm.” An exchange that once involved a highly formalized set of rituals (pour for the man to taste first, never leave the bottle on the table) now takes place amid the blare of rock music in wine-centric restaurants like Manhattan’s Pearl & Ash or Racines NY, where rather than wax poetic about Latour or Lafite, your somm will likely evangelize about the sherry renaissance or recommend some offbeat natural wine from the Loire.
It’s a great summary of the renaissance happening in the wine world. And it’s certainly the energy I’ve been feeding off of in my own discoveries these past few years. But I have to wonder if Zachary Sussman is suggesting that the less “stuffy” and more “casually hip” state of the industry is a reason for the rise in more women entering the field? It’s probably made it easier. But even if being a sommelier was still quite a formal profession – in today’s modern environment – would a lot of woman still be shut out?
I don’t have an answer. Just something to think about.
The Rise of Female Sommeliers
I’ll admit, one of my guilty pleasures is watching E News when I get home from work. And I’ll admit, I’m a fan of Giuliana Rancic. But when I first saw this story in my Google newsfeed, I was ready to roll my eyes. Then I realized, even though I’m a woman, I’m not the market audience for her newest venture:
That’s right, those are four single-serving wine cups stacked as if they’re one bottle. Aesthetically, the design is very pretty and contemporary. And I do love the thought that it’s a way of being able to save the rest of the bottle when you’re in the mood for just one glass.
I have no doubt there’s a market for these, especially among those who are looking for the alcohol benefit in a nice tasting glass of wine at the end of the day. It may even prove to be a good, accessible gateway into the world of wine for millennials.
But that’s not me, and I have to remember, just because I’m not the market for a particular part of the industry, I shouldn’t be quick to judge. It will be interesting to watch and see how these do.
(Photo: Courtesy XO, G Wine via EOnline.com)