About Life with Wine
At first there was no name. It was a series of questions: How do you write about wine in a way that engages the senses? How do you convey the enjoyment of wine as something that is interwoven with the fabric of our lives? How do you make it visually compelling and useful? Then about four years ago, I registered the name Life with Wine. Inspired by the way the fashion photographer Scott Schuman a.k.a. The Sartorialist documents the space where fashion and life intersect, I wondered what that it would mean to explore the junction of what is written about wine and the way we live and entertain.
Life with Wine is about taking all the tastings notes, winemaker interviews, seminars, recommendations, photography, travels and recipes and putting them in the service of storytelling. It is about the way wine connects us to our senses and to the rhythms of the natural world, marks time and goads us to know other cultures. Most of all it is about wine as a pathway to a notion of good living informed by balance, presence and sharing.
Sophie Menin's writing has appeared in Barron's, Wine Spector, Departures, PUNCH, The Daily Beast, Saveur, Bottlenotes, Fine Cooking and The New York Times. She earned her MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from New York University, a degree in Culinary Arts from the Institute of Culinary Education and an Advanced Certificate from the WSET. In 2010 was awarded the Bon Appetit / Zack Hanle Scholarship for distinguishing herself in her WSET Diploma studies. In 2011 she was a finalist in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer' Awards in the Emerging Writer category.