Wine drinkers, beef jerky ad Britney Spears
|I met Rebecca Chapa at the Snowdrift bar, a curvy, ski chalet-style bar/restaurant in San Francisco. Upon entering I almost tripped over the ceramic Bambi that guards the cone-shaped fireplace. I quickly learned Rebecca’s a real pro. Her extensive wine resume includes studying under Kevin Zraly of Windows of the World, acting as wine director for Jardiniare and working as a contributing editor for Wine & Spirits Magazine. As if that’s not enough, she’s also owner of Tannin Management, where she teaches bitter-free classes on wine. Read on as Rebecca, who’s also studying to be a Master of Wine, talks about West versus East Coast wine drinkers, beef jerky and Britney Spears.Wine X: Beer? No wine?|
Rebecca: Well, I’ll start with beer then maybe have a wine later.
Wine X: Really? You can mix drinks like that?
Wine X: I thought that wasn’t a very good idea.
Wine X: Well. I think I’m going to have the Chilly Willy. (Maker’s Mark, sweet vermouth and bitters). Sips drink. Whoa! This is strong.
Wine X: So, let’s say you’re at this party and there’s box wine… would you drink it?
Wine X: A backup.
Wine X: After having lived in New York and now in San Francisco, do you find there’s a preference on each coast?
Wine X: People out here are more educated about wine?
Wine X: No, please do.
|Wine X: Exactly. When was that “moment” when you knew wine was your calling?|
Rebecca: I started early. I went to Cornell University and studied wine there. I took all the food and beverage courses I could. I wanted to take the courses where I got something for free. I was in school, I was starving, and I wanted to learn about wine and then drink it. In New York you’re allowed to take wine courses when you’re 20 as long as it’s for educational purposes.Wine X: I knew I should’ve studied there.
Rebecca: And because I was in the Hotel School I was able to take wine classes on Wednesday afternoons with 800 people. Mostly seniors.
Wine X: That’s a lot of Dixie cups.
Wine X: That’s kinda like bringing your own pool stick to a bar.
Wine X: Exactly.
Wine X: I had an epiphany with mushrooms once, but it’s probably not what you’re talkin’ about.
Wine X: Like a musty, spongy flavor?
Wine X: Right.
Wine X: Let’s talk about snowboarding.
Wine X: How long have you been doing it?
Wine X: You go a lot?
Wine X: (looking around) Are the bars in Tahoe like this? I’ve never been to Tahoe.
Wine X: Speaking of which, I’ve never snowboarded, so it’s a good thing we met here. I would’ve been on my ass the entire time. Hard to take notes that way.
Wine X: Speaking of favorites…dig this segue…what’s your favorite kind of wine?
Wine X: What are three good adjectives you’d use to describe pinot?
Wine X: Not even gonna go there.
Wine X: Are there any overused adjectives that you don’t like to use to describe wine?
Wine X: What if someone says it smells like manure?
Wine X: Other than snowboarding, what other things do you like to do?
Wine X: Really. Karaoke?
Wine X: Uh-huh. Which Britney song do you sing?
Wine X: The dance?
Rebecca gets up, places palm over palm, and makes a heart thumping action.
Wine X: You go, girl.
We laugh, notice our glasses were empty and go to the bar to have another round.
If you’re interested in attending one of Rebecca’s classes, email her at email@example.com. You can also visit her website, http://www.winebytheclass.com.
“In my wine classes I encourage people to say whatever they think it smells like, because they’re right.”