So this happened! It's been in the air for a while now but since I submitted my second article this week it's official and not just a one off thing - I'm a published author! With a regular column! For a cool magazine! With thick paper and all! Exciting stuff.
Soooo how did this happen you ask? I've been a fan of the bi-monthly Bar Magazine for years - the thick pages were always filled with interesting interviews with people from the cocktail & hospitality scene from all over the world, cool recipes, funky illustrations and the latest updates on where to get a good drink. The cocktail & spirits scene has always pretty much been their focus - they had articles on beer and coffee but that was it. No wine coverage! I always wondered why, but was it any of my business? No.
Then around comes February this year when I took a two week vacation and flew off to Cuba to drink (a shit ton of) rum and dance salsa. By myself. But on an organized tour! So I was that weird young single chick on a tour with all these couples. That did however mean that I was the designated trip bartender (pouring of shots on the tour bus) and you know what that means? You get to toast with everyone individually. So, not too bad. ANYWAYS. Getting off track.
Our tour guide, Ivan, soon noticed my affection for all things beverage related (it's hard to miss) and mentioned casually in conversation that I should meet up with his sister for coffee when I get back to Bratislava because he thinks we'd get along. Because she's the editor in chief of Bar Magazine, amongst other things. EDITOR IN CHIEF OF BAR MAGAZINE, WHAT THE WHAT. So trying not to freak/geek out too much I casually say, why of course, that sounds like a marvelous idea.
Fast forward to being back in Bratislava, Ivan gives me a box of cigars to give to her and Elenka and I meet up for coffee. We get to talking and realize we have a pretty good time together! She tells me all about the job, I tell her about my love of wine, what I actually do for a living (not wine) and how I think it's a shame they don't cover wine in the magazine (subtle I know). We have a great time and decide to meet up again. At our next coffee break Elenka asks me whether I'd be interested in pitching her ideas for a regular column about wine since she read some of my stuff here, liked it and agrees it's a neglected subject in the magazine. This time it was hard for me to not be visibly excited so I was like HELL YES.
I pitch some idea, we get to talking and since the audience of the magazine is mostly professionals from the spirit/beverages/cocktail/hospitality industry but who may not actually know that much about wine, we decided that going with something that would be educational but still fun would be a good idea. And that's how the idea for the 'Wine Dictionary' was born. In every piece I'm going to dissect a basic concept/idea relating to wine, a combination of facts and op-ed. Topics such as what the fuck does a wine label actually tell you, different types of sparkling wines, wine service, etc etc.. I'm really excited because it's a combination of almost everything I try to do with my wine work - dismantling the idea that wine is serious, snobbish and a difficult topic in an educational yet (hopefully) fun and cool way. SO YAY.
An important thing to say is - the magazine is Slovak so yeah.. the pieces are in Slovak. But I like that - I have very little experience writing in Slovak and it's helping me stay on top of what is supposed to be my mother tongue. And! The content reaches an audience I care about the most - local peeps.
My first article was really taking it to the basics and talked about the different categories of wine color - yes, including orange (or if you prefer, skin contact white wines). I loved the accompanying illustrations by Dominik Trusina as well - totally grasped the fundamental idea that the color comes from the grape skins. Go put your coat on, grape! My next piece (that I thankfully managed to submit sort of on time, thank you Elenka for being patient) will be on wine packaging - different kind of bottles, can, box etc. and different closures/stoppers/corks, whatever you want to call it and I'm really excited about it too.
The topics are all simple but I hope they can help frame the fact that although wine is a complex, broad topic, it's very interesting and can be very fun. Down to the basics folks! I'm very grateful for this opportunity and hope to continue writing for the magazine as long as I don't... run out of ideas/time and/or the magazine decides to drop me. You know, the obvious options. For those in Slovakia, you can get the magazine at any 'Interpress' trafika, out once every two months, next one out in two weeks!
For now cheerio and take care lovely people. And who knows.. I may actually write something on here as well soon since I think I'm over my quarter life crisis (apparently that's actually a thing). Cheers!