Just over a year ago I decided to leave behind my professional past in investment banking and get involved with wines on a full-time basis. I took the plunge into this adventure in the first weeks of January 2009.
Looking back at this year, I can honestly say that this has been the most fulfilling working year I have ever experienced. The work involved has been fun and exciting and I am proud of what I have achieved so far. But what made the real difference during these months, what really touched me, what I found most satisfying, what I have enjoyed most, is connecting with so many people in so many ways!
I met with winemakers and built up personal relationships with them, to the point that I would call many of them my friends. Wine merchants opened my eyes to their needs. Wine critics became interested and listened up. Some twitter contacts became personal acquaintances. Other twitter contacts feel like I know them in person. Finally, the readers of this blog have made it what it is, as I was responding to what they read, their preferences, their comments, their likes and dislikes.
I wish to thank every single one of you – I am honoured to have connected with you.