Change is the spice of life. I am spicing up my life for the third time. Some people spend their whole life doing one job without having a passion. I always manage to have two passions at a time. I started as a cabinet maker and wine geek. Then, wine/product consultant for the LCBO and moonlighting as a sausage and salumi maker. Now, I will be an artisan sausage maker and freelance wine expert. Underlying passion was and is present throughout all these changes! Life is good!
The last 13 years with the LCBO have been a good experience. Tasting an enormous amount of wines a year is definitely a dream come true for a wine lover. Teaching, presenting, evaluating, judging, consulting, and continuously learning were the highlights. The customers at the Summerhill store made my job a perfect example of the saying, “do what you like and never work a day in your life”. Some of them are now close friends! I will miss the action but will keep in touch with them.
During this time I went through some health and personal problems. With the help of my family, friends, colleagues, and the LCBO, I survived. During this time I started to take seriously my passion for cooking, making salumi and sausages, and supporting the local food industry. Continue reading “The New Beginning”