Make 2019 your year of firsts with Quench

By / Magazine / February 12th, 2019 / 9

After 25 years in the wine industry as a retailer, writer, consultant, judge and speaker, many people have asked why I’ve decided to start taking classes through The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), often referred to as the global standard for wine education. I’ve travelled to most major — and many minor — wine-producing regions, visited thousands of wineries, and spoken and tasted with an even greater number of winemakers and viticulturalists. The more I educate myself, the more I realize how much more there is left to learn and how little I actually do know. Part of what I love about wine is knowing that there is always something new to learn.

2018 marked a year of firsts. I visited both China and Japan for the first times. I judged my first Asian wine competition. I was the “nama jin” (aka rookie) judge at my first sake competition, and I decided to formalize my wine education to become a certified WSET instructor.

Our team of writers at Quench are among the most travelled and experienced in the industry. They travel the world, not so you don’t have to, but to pique your interest to try something new. Or maybe to visit a wine region or culinary destination to which you’ve never been. The beauty of food and wine is in the diversity and discovery.

Use our writers’ experiences to guide yours. Don’t get stuck in the “I only drink Bordeaux”, “Anything but Chardonnay”, “I don’t eat lamb” or any other rut. Strive to seek out something new based on the descriptions and experiences of our writers. The joy of discovery is evident through their words.

Don’t deny yourself the enduring pleasure of learning. Never say no to tasting something new. Keep an open mind and palate when tasting, and avoid generalizing when it comes to both wine and food. Remember that our palates change over time, so something that may not have been to your taste in the past may turn out to be your new favourite today.

Let us at Quench help make 2019 your year of firsts.


Editor-in-chief for Quench Magazine, Gurvinder Bhatia left a career practising law to pursue his passion for wine and food. Gurvinder is also the wine columnist for Global Television Edmonton, an international wine judge and the president of Vinomania Consulting. Gurvinder was the owner/founder of Vinomania wine boutique for over 20 years (opened in 1995, closed in 2016) which was recognized on numerous occasions as one of the 20 best wine stores in Canada. Gurvinder was the wine columnist for CBC Radio for 11 years and is certified by Vinitaly International in Verona Italy as an Italian Wine Expert, one of only 15 people currently in the world to have earned the designation. In 2015, Gurvinder was named by Alberta Venture Magazine as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People. He is frequently asked to speak locally, nationally and internationally on a broad range of topics focussing on wine, food, business and community.

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