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A Celebration!

Fireworks in the sky, it’s almost the 4th of July, and I have something to celebrate.  Next week, I join T . Edward Wines as the Head Writer of Marketing & Social Media.  And I am excited!  Writing for their website and blog, handling Facebook and twitter, I’ll be crafting winemakers’ stories and scripting in-house marketing notes.  It’s brilliant how this position came about.  A big shout out to Brian for that!  And funnily enough, it’s not just my love of writing and wine that brought me to TEW, but it’s also the fact that I used to race bikes with Team Comedy Central, and the folks of TEW are both riders and big fans of cycling!

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Off the L at Morgan Avenue, right on Bogart–a stark industrial landscape.  At the corner there’s a wine shop–Big Tree Bottles; turn right on Moore, and there, stands Roberta’s a sweet spot with thin crust brick oven pizza (pesto, mushroom, artichoke–yum!), housed in what was once a garage.  Rustic and warm, yet harmonious with the barbed-wire topped cylinder-block walls outside, Roberta’s was packed for lunch on a Tuesday afternoon.  Outside the bar (order Sixpoint’s “Sehr Crisp” Pilsner) there’s a patio, overlooking two repurposed 20 foot shipping containers–a studio–home to Radio Heritage Network.

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Thursday morning led me back to VINO2010 at the Waldorf for a panel presentation titled, “Virtual Vino, Millenials and Social Media DECANTED!” The room was standing room only, and for weeks, there’d been a twitter buzz about sending questions for the panel–live.  And while some of us (self included) sing-sang for our supper by tweeting (and blogging) about the event, our twitter posts (@VINO2010) did (and do still) run live on their website.  Following in the steps of  Twit & Spit, this social media experiment actually helped generate a sense of community, both online and in-life, and it inspired discussion of what’s happening now and next.

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Stories of Wine–2009

For my final entry this year, I’ve scripted Stories (Part One)–a bit of a narrative with lines culled from this year’s posts–

Cheers!

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Today marks my 100th post on Imbibe New York, and I thought I’d celebrate by reflecting upon how the site began, and where its been.  In May 2008, I started this blog with a hangover, the day after attending my first NYC wine event–Brooklyn Uncorked! at BAM.  At that point, I’d spent he past ten years, pre- and post-MFA, writing.  I’d written fiction and nonfiction, spent seven years on one book, and written drafts of others in between.  To me, I felt that I’d made progress as a writer, but I wasn’t getting where I wanted in terms of publishing.  Why not attempt another approach to writing? I thought.  Clearly, it was time to twist things up. (more…)

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