My name is Westleigh Emord- an eager to learn wine enthusiast. I am 22 years old from Ventura, California on my path toward happiness. I recently graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Wine Business Strategies. I have a passion for wine and I am seeking to learn as much as I can. Some people may think that pursing a career in wine is an odd path to follow. However, learning about wine is much more than a “hobby”, wine education is a great foundation for building a personal connection to an array of people around the world.
Sonoma State University is located in Rohnert Park, CA in Sonoma County. Rohnert Park is a small town that thrives off of the SSU student body. Attending Sonoma State University is the perfect place to study the business aspect of the wine industry. Rohnert Park is adjacent to the best wine regions in the world. Napa, Sonoma, Calistoga and Healdsburg are a short drive from campus and are filled with many national and world-renowned wineries. The best way to learn about wine, outside of the classroom, is through experience. Being surrounded by vineyards I am constantly learning about the timeline of the production of wine.
Throughout the year, I can see the life of a vine; Pruning, Budbreak, Shoot Growth, Bloom, Fruit Set, Ripening, Harvest and Dormancy. Driving through Sonoma and Napa County during harvest, I can see the excitement that the new crops bring. Many of the wineries begin to harvest their grapes at night or early hours of the morning, due to the heat. During harvest its impossible not to smell the crushing of the grapes and the process of juice being extracted from the grapes on their way to becoming a new bottle of wine for the upcoming vintage.
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“WINE IS ONE OF THE MOST CIVILIZED THINGS IN THE WORLD AND ONE OF THE MOST NATURAL THINGS OF THE WORLD THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE GREATEST PERFECTION, AND IT OFFERS A GREATER RANGE FOR ENJOYMENT AND APPRECIATION THAN, POSSIBLY, ANY OTHER PURELY SENSORY THING.”
-DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON BY ERNEST HEMINGWAY