I am an amateur sommelier. By amateur, I absolutely mean amateur in one of the ways Austin Kleon laid out, "the enthusiast who pursues her work in the spirit of love". (15) I've always enjoyed wine, an interest I think that stemmed from the exploration of a middle school friend's parent's impressive wine cellar; while many others were playing Guitar Hero we were reading the labels of some of the finest wines I will probably ever lay my eyes on (it was strictly observational, I assure you). What was an odd interest for a 13 year old developed into an affinity for many different kinds of wine, and a curiosity about their origins and the distinctive flavors you could extract from a single sip.
I'm sure this affinity will never develop into anything more than a hobby, something I love and am passionate about but will never breach amateur status. Austin Kleon's idea of a scenius, almost a haven for people with similar interests reminded me of one of my favorite new apps, Vivino, in which after scanning the front label of a wine bottle you can rate and review various wines, as well as read the rating and reviews of others with similar tastes. It's an awesome app and I encourage anyone who enjoys trying new wines or breaking out of their comfort zone to create a profile!
One of my favorite local(ish) vineyards in Asheville, Burntshirt Vineyards.