Real Neat Blog Award!

I’m honored to have been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by fellow blogger Puglian Pleasures!  Puglian Pleasures is a fascinating look at the landscape, food, wine, and culture of Puglia at the heel of the Italian Boot.

The rules for this Real Neat Blog Award (which resembles a bloggers-appreciating-other-bloggers game of tag) if you so choose to participate are to:

1. Put the Award logo in your post  neatblogaward
2. Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3. Thank the people who nominated you by linking to their blog
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc)

The seven questions Valerie of Puglian Pleasures asked me:
1. Where would you like to visit, that you haven’t had the opportunity to go to yet? Why?
Croatia and Greece. Despite how close I lived to them both (you can even get Croatian radio stations in some parts of Abruzzo) I never made it to either.
2. What is your favourite cuisine?
Pizza, definitely.
3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
Having the ability to reach people anywhere and everywhere with informative, accurate, approachable, and positive material…the internet is full of bad stuff and I like to counter it.
4. Did you make a New Years Resolution? If so, what was it and have you stuck to it?
It’s not really a NY resolution but I’ve been making a serious effort to drink more/enough water.
5. If you were stuck on a desert island, what would be the one luxury item you would have to take with you?
A fully stocked wine cellar- would be both shelter from the heat or storms as well as a cool spot for keeping my bottles!
6. If you could change one aspect of your life, what would that be? Why?
I’m actually in the process of changing one aspect (which is why I left Italy), which is career related. Sometimes you’ve done all that is possible in a place and it’s time to move onwards and upwards.
7. Who is your idol? Why?
Billy! 😉

One blog I really enjoy is that of Julia Bailey.  It’s a really great and informative blog about wines from all over the world.  Though I don’t know her personally, I suspect that I took my WSET Level 3 exam where she teaches…small world!

My seven questions for her should she choose to participate are:
1. As your tastes change over time, is there anything that you find yourself enjoying more or less than before?
2. Have you ever made wine or beer?
3. Is there a wine region that you haven’t visited but would like to some day?
4. Which region or sub-region do you find is the most difficult to teach?
5. If you had to choose just one for the rest of your life, which would it be: Port, Madeira, or Sherry?
6. Do you ever have moments as an uber qualified woman in the wine world, where you are treated (by men) like you probably know little?
7. What wines do you see becoming more popular in the UK market as of late, if any?


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