After growing up in Southern Illinois and completing a BA in English from EIU, and an MA in English from SLU, I started teaching high school English and French; I did not stop for 34 years. Having retired recently, I decided to explore some part-time career options. I have worked and continue to work as a tutor, writer, and editor, but my personal interest in wine has grown tremendously over the past several years. Having explored this interest with reading, self-teaching, tasting, and attending of wine festivals, dinners and classes, I call myself a “wine enthusiast.” Although I am certainly not an expert, my friends often ask me to choose wines for them to enjoy. When an opportunity arose at Garland Wines, I decided to see if I knew enough to help those other than my friends choose wines they could appreciate.
I am impressed by the wines we carry here and the relationships the business has with the wineries. I find many wines to recommend to customers for their enjoyment, both with and without food. I have learned a great deal here and continue to learn every day. There is just so much to know, but the experience is both exciting and satisfying. Ernest Hemingway once said, "A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine." My goal is to continue to expand my knowledge and to help anyone who wants to choose a wine for someone’s enjoyment to do so happily and comfortably.