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William Pollard, Jr. 

William Pollard, Jr.
What do wines taste like from their country of origin? How do you know that Washington, or Oregon or New York Riesling is wonderful, if you have never had Riesling from Germany? That's an important part of the context of wine.

Often, when I am presenting to groups or hand-selling wine, I will describe the wine by referring to its style, characteristics and the grape varieties country of origin. I enjoying comparing how new world wines are similar and different from the point of origin. Not good vs. bad, but different vs. different.

And I can't help but add my own thoughts on food pairings. Especially when I am hungry. So expect me to add context to food too.

I firmly believe it is important to know wine in context.

Over the years I have built a mental image of what wine means to me. The more wine I experience, the more I want to experience and the more that mental image changes. And the desire to travel to the points of origin is strong too.

My original entry into the world of wine was focused on one specific region, Washington state wine. Today, my focus encompasses the world of wine. Not just wine reviews, but wine country travel and lifestyle. Don't we all want to live the "Wine Country Lifestyle?"

Personally, I want to continue to travel the world of wine and share with you what I learn, in context.

'One can be mesmerized by charismatic, local wines. Focusing on the dinner table, he said we must "...take time for time, and wine."
As wine and winery professionals, we should speak of place; the heritage and history. With comfort comes learning, experience, and reflection. This is the catalyst to conversation.' Jean-Charles Boisset, 2012 Wine Tourism Conference, Sonoma, CA

My Wine Industry Experience and Employment

2019 - WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

2018 - Present, Taste Vacations Tour Company

Tour Guide.  Taste Vacations is a boutique tour company specializing in food, wine, and beer travel. Our tours take place in some of the premier food and drink regions of the world. We are proud to offer unique experiences not available to regular travelers, including private wine tastings and dinners with winery owners, truffle hunting with famous agriculturists, private tours of local food and drink producers, historic walks through remarkable regions, and personal blending sessions.

2015 September - Present, Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, Prosser, Washington

Wine Education Coordinator. Centrally located in the heart of Washington wine country. A must-see, learning center that promotes Washington State wine and food by actively engaging visitors to learn, experience and appreciate the quality and diversity of its wine and food products.

2013 - 2015 Wine Muse Podcast on Minstrel and Muse/Talkabout Radio

Podcast Co-host. Many thanks to Linda Rez for inviting me to share my passion for wine. As the Wine Muse show evolved, we added conversations with winemakers and special wine industry guests. We expanded our knowledge and awareness of wine. It was a lot of fun and worthwhile. My mental image of wine continues to evolve. Maybe the #Winemuse will return in another guise. Cheers!

2006 - Present, Wild 4 Washington Wine Blog

Wine Writer. After a year of working in the tasting room and following much deliberation, I decided to create a Washington wine blog in December 2006. Writing for this blog has become my platform for sharing my passions about wine. It is my outlet, and an indispensable tool. Writing also settles down the thoughts swirling in my head, so I can sleep at night. When I can't sleep, I write.

I enjoy sharing the stories of wine and talking about regional wines, wineries, winemakers, vineyards, climate and history. Several years ago, I shared with Jane Pearson of Tapteil Vineyards a question asked of me by a visitor from China. "What is wine?" Her response was immediate, “Wine is food, wine is life.” Those are words I can live by. Go visit wine country and create your own  wine experiences.

2005 – 2007, Barnard Griffin Winery, Richland, WA,

Tasting Room Hospitality. Responsibilities included: Being gracious and welcoming, while assisting customers with wine tasting, selection, product presentation, stocking and shipping. Managed shift schedules for tasting room employees. Assisted with wine club orders and shipments. Opened and closed the tasting room. Used Vin Balance POS (point of sale), exceptional customer service, growing wine knowledge (how Washington wines are unique, wine tasting 101, wine faults). Conversant on Washington wine industry, including: varietals, appellations, climate and soil. Enthusiastic and customer driven employee. Loved the wines, loved sharing the wines with customers.

There is a world of wine waiting to be discovered. I hope what I share inspires you to create your own wine adventures. Stay tuned as I hone my focus. There is much to share.

- William, The Context of Wine.