What is the definition of being successful? Is it making more money than you know what to do with? Is it having letters after your name that people aren’t even sure what they mean? Or is it simply being happy? When Mike and I decided to enter the wine business, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy road. We were realistic. We understood that we would neither be an overnight sensation, nor ever be as recognized as Robert Mondavi. That’s not why we entered the business. We entered the wine industry because we love wine and it was our dream to own a winery. We chose to not just wish or dream about it, we made a conscious decision to make it happen. We chose to Pursue Our Passion.
It’s a scary thing chasing down your dreams, but if you don’t enter the race you are never going to win. One of my favorite sayings about Pursuing Your Passion was made by “The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky. He very eloquently stated, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” He knows you need to take risks. You need to leave the safety net that tethers you to your comfort zone so that you can experience what happens next.
In this, what has become a monthly tradition, a guest blogger will tell you their story of how they pursued their passion in the wine industry. These people understood what Van Gogh meant by “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”
Every once in a while the stars align to allow you to meet someone who you immediately recognize as a special person. An individual that has so much personality and is just full of pure goodness that it oozes out of them so that everyone can see it! Well, that is Amber Burke. In all honesty, I don’t remember how our paths crossed. I know it was through social media, but I don’t who followed whom, or what post caused the interaction, but I can say that I am so thankful that it occurred.
Unlike most of my colleagues who write about wine, I never had writing as a goal when I started off on this path.
When I married my husband, wine, beer, and craft alcohol became part of our life
together as he is British and much of our life in England was based around the pub and our travels around Europe.
One of the things that we loved about wine is that it was a hobby that we could enjoy together as a couple. We would spend our weekends in the vineyards and connect and communicate with each other in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. It was like being on vacation, and stepping away from our everyday lives. Sharing a passion with your partner is one of the best ways to stay connected and it definitely does that for us.
After months of mulling the idea over we just couldn’t find a name. Everything we thought
of was already taken. Finally we were discussing the idea with a writer friend as we dined on the Napa Valley Wine Train, and he said, “Napa Food and Vine!”. That was it, and our blog was born.