Skip to main content

When dreams come true

I have been working with City and more, a wine and food company in Baden-Baden, Germany for a few months now. The opportunity came up rather unexpectedly, as most of the wonderful occasions in life tend to do.

I’d attended one of their Weinlagerverkauf tastings (every first Saturday of the month at their shop in Sinzheim if anyone's interested), after hearing about it from a neighbour. The atmosphere immediately appealed to me.

Perhaps it was the wine bottles covering every available surface, or the lovely lady I spent half an hour chatting with, who brought wine after wine for me to taste, or just the general atmosphere of relaxed congeniality as customers mingled, chatted, and nibbled on the platters of salami, cheese and bread provided; but something stirred in me that afternoon. This is what I want, I thought to myself. This is where I want to work. These are the people I want to work with.

I'd just completed one year of German language studies at the time, and was looking for something to do. I knew my career with magazines was over, after having taken a seven-year break ever since my first son was born, and living in a country where there are few opportunities for an English-speaking content writer.

It could have been the many glasses of wine I'd already drunk, but something prompted me to ask to speak to Joe, one of the co-owners of City and more, to find out if there was a possibility for me to work there. I wasn't expecting to be taken seriously. My lack of German-speaking skills is a bit of a detriment to working professionally in Germany. However, to my slightly inebriated surprise, he didn't laugh or shrug off my request. He took my details and said we'd talk further. And talk further we did. Through complete serendipity (and some Dutch courage), I found myself at another Weinlagerverkauf a month later. This time, I was the one standing behind the counter and serving some of the wines I'd so enjoyed when I last visited.

And now, here I am. And oh what a wonderful ride it's been so far. In just a few short months, I’ve met and gotten to know many wonderful people who all share the same passion. I've had the pleasure of tasting many wonderful, and some not-so-wonderful wines, which I plan to write about in this blog. I get to share my knowledge and passion with others, albeit in terrible German (I apologise for that in advance). I get to have fun while working, which is truly a blessing in today's world. I get to learn more about one of the things I love most in the world.

I don't know how I got so lucky, but I'm embracing this new adventure that I'm on,  and I hope you enjoy this ride with me - one glass of wine at a time! Prost!


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Weingut Vereinigte Hospitien, Trier

The wine estate Vereinigte Hospitien (United Hospitces), founded in 1804 by Napolean himself, is located in the heart of Germany's oldest city - Trier. It is incidentally also home to Germany's oldest wine cellar, whose origins can be traced back to 330 AD in the time of Roman Trier!
According to the website, the name of the winery refers to the Hospice of St James, which offered refuge to the poor and sick. Today, the winery is run by a foundation that still focuses on the nursing and care of the elderly, which are partly financed from the proceeds of the wine estate.
Vereinigte Hospitien is also one of the founding member of the VDP - Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter - an organisation made up of around 200 of Germany's top wine producers committed to create top quality wines that reflect the terroir. (You'll recognise VDP wines by its distinct logo of an eagle bearing a cluster of grapes, found at the top of the wine bottles.) 

The vineyards of Vereinigte Hospi…

Just another day at the office

Team meetings where I work involve a lot of wine-tasting. And I say this with a huge grin, jumping-up-and-down-like-an-excited-five-year-old kinda way.


Yesterday's meeting started out with Joe's creation of a Portonic Rosé. This was made of one part Port Rosé and two parts tonic, with a dash of lime. I'm not generally big on cocktails, but this had a hint of bitterness that I liked, and makes for a refreshing and easy cocktail for the warm months.
After discussing the practical aspects of the business (of which I'm mostly a silent observer because my German pretty much extends to talking about my family and hobbies), we started on the tasting aspect of the business - unashamedly my favourite part. 
We tasted altogether 15 bottles last night, which Joe had picked out. This is to introduce us to different wine varieties as well as interesting wines or grapes varieties we may not have tried or heard of before. 
Here are a few of my favourites from the tasting:
This Marmo…