Hi, I'm Amy C. Collins, creator of Pig&Vine and Pig&Vine Radio.
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"Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves." - Rainer Maria Rilke
And drink good wine, preferably high acid, light alcohol, small production deliciousness made by farmers.
More About Me
Taurus sun Scorpio rising, Florida-born, travel enthusiast, Woody Allen devotee and INTJ, heavy on the J. My wine path began in college when I worked as a busperson at a fancy restaurant in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. My boss encouraged my interest by loaning me Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Complete Wine Course and letting me sit in with the wait staff during tastings. After graduation, I moved to New York City and waited tables at Ruby Foo's on Broadway at 77th Street, part of the B.R. Guest restaurant group, which offered wine education to a select few on staff.
My thirst for wine knowledge had become a convenient excuse to quench my thirst for wine, and so I enrolled in a class at the American Sommelier Association in New York and later with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). In truth, I'm a WSET Diploma drop out. The year before they restructured how the Diploma is earned, I had passed four of the six exams. I'm not a quitter, but when the opportunity arose to sell wine for famed Burgundy expert Daniel Johnnes at Jeroboam Wines in 2002, I put the books aside and dedicated my time to learning from some of the best in the business. I met loads of NYC wine biz people, tasted some incredible wines, participated in two La Paulées, and traveled to France with Daniel, a still unrivaled experience.
When Daniel traded distribution for importing only, I moved on to T. Edward Wines where I worked as a senior sales representative until my departure from New York in early 2008. I lived a year in Argentina, then several years in Florence, Alabama, where I learned to write, started this blog, and worked at the wine bar and retail store, The Carriage, with whom I created and continue to collaborate on a popular subscription based monthly wine club.
Pig&Vine was shortlisted for a Best Writing Award by the Wine Blog Awards 2016 and I've been awarded a fellowship to the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood 2017. Pig&Vine Radio is an official partner of the second annual Florence Wine Fest. My cat, Alice, has named me Best Human every year since we met in 2012.
I now reside in New Orleans, Louisiana.