To be honest, a great portion of my present fascination with wine is owed to my father, who made a tremendous impact in the span of just a few years on how wine can be viewed as both a beverage for pleasurable consumption and as an 'institution' for study.
Growing up in Toronto of all places, I was always offered a little sample of wine at the dinner table. Of course, it always tasted terrible, but it definitedly kindled my interest of wine at an early age.
By the time I was twenty, I was beginning to spend an extraordinary amoung of time in pursuit of the study of wine, including: (1) its cultivation; (2) its trade; (3) its history; (4) its consumption; and (5) peoples' varying attitudes towards it. To ensure that this never seriously conflicted with my university studies, I even incorporated my ever-growing love of wine into my studies, writing four equally-interesting historical papers on the subject --- click here to read them (they are at the bottom of the page)
And so, it is with pleasure that I offer my services - that is to say, my knowledge of wine and its associative facets - to those who are interested.