I am not your Somm.  But I might be, one day . . .

My Wine Bio :: Paso Robles, California, wine country grown.  Novice to grid tasting. Expert at drinking.  Happy when hosting.  Happier when sharing.

And so . . . welcome to my passion project. I created The Client Bar as love letter to myself, during a season of realization that life in my prime had begun and I had yet to lean in and give life [or voice] to my creative.  Not knowing where I was going, but knowing what I loved, I pointed myself in the direction of wine and started studying, writing, exploring, theorizing.  Documented herein from blog entry one entitled: “Go Broke. For Wine.“, The Client Bar is the genesis of my wine story.  It begins with a full expression of the same suspense, love and loss you would find in a cinematic blockbuster.  A time when I needed a hero, and my hero showed up dressed in cork and fancy foil.

The Client Bar will express in image, poetry and prose the likes, loves, sights, sufferings, and inspirations about wine that rule my thought patterns, cause me to question, and wander into the world of wine from a self-taught, novice chair.  My road to becoming a certified and credentialed professional in wine began in 2016; an emboldened, life long passion that became an official program of study over the course of the following year.  It was not long after receiving my pin and credentials for Level 1 that I knew Level 2 was calling, but despite the status or achievement associated to wine study, I see myself as the simple equivalent of a somm-groupie, a winemaker fan-girl, a wannabe wine write who lives amongst the hills and vines in her wildest dreams.  Do you want to be a wine savage?  Have a seat at the bar and write the story with me.

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About

By day:

Client Relationship Management and Legal Marketer for a multi-state law firm titan based out of New York.  We serve an industry that is ever changing, ever challenging, yet static in its purpose.  I love this work, I love who I do it for, and I am proud to represent the best at what we do in the most difficult states in the union.  As a professional who makes her living in the space of satisfied clients, I take the voice of my clients [and peers] to a personal level, seeking authenticity in every relationship I am fortunate to build. In this regard, nearly all of my clients become friends, and with all of my friends, I certainly enjoy drinking wine.

By night:

Wine student.  Ardent yogi.  Autodidact.  Bonafide oenophile.  Traveler. Lady golfer. Earth, animal & veggie advocate.  Hungry for more.  I don’t do anything small.  I don’t do anything half-in.  I maintain a need for emotional control out of self defense, but wear my heart on my sleeve.  I will try anything twice, except a bad date.  I am drawn to emotional intelligence, cherish articulate character, stand for truth, and my feet remain grounded in humility because of the pocket full of “do-overs” I wish I had to make the world behind me right.

Right now:

It is winter of 2016 and these musings are the origin of my passion project.  During the silence of the ’16 Christmas holiday, a whispering in the corner of my heart began to question, suggest, beg for the release of my creative.  There was no choice but to act, because {I believe} a life without exploring your creative is a life that lacks the fullest expression of passion.  All ten of my fingerprints must mark my life and produce a value of my own creation.  At this realization I was moved to discovery and as it goes, this work will trail the footprints of this personal rabbit hole into the world of wine.

“There is no use trying,” said Alice, “one can not believe impossible things.”  To which she replied, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.

~ Lewis Carroll

Originally from Paso Robles, California, but writing from Dallas, Texas, the aim of this manifesto is to honor the roots of my past and navigate a path into the future.  [See entry one: “Go Broke. For Wine.”]  In my craving for more, I start this dialogue of one, while maybe attracting many.

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Thank you, for reading.

*Disclaimer:  This opinion based blog is 100% personally authored and edited by me, Reyna J.  For questions about wine events or collaborations with The Client Bar, and for partnership/sponsored content opportunities, please contact me by submission on the Contact page of this site.  The views and opinions expressed herein are purely my own, and I am not monetarily endorsed or supported for these opinions.  

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