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Point and shoot! That's what I've done as a food and wine writer for more than 20 years. This gallery contains over 300 photographs of working people and wine lovers at tasting events, merchants, wine producers, and instructors for the Society of Wine Educators. If you were there at one or more of these events in the New York and New Jersey areas your picture may be on these pages. It's possible. Just check the index. The party begins at the wine store. Many stores open early, close late and in today's world hold tastings for shoppers on the premises. There may be a deli, food service or a tasting bar inside with special hours. It's not just about wine shopping anymore. This book is for those who are in the know or want to know about wine. Excerpts from taped interviews are included. Conduct seminars and classrooms using this book. Use it to edify and entertain your friends, family and guests. There is also a list of YouTube titles from many of these same events. The POV is look and learn. Share a copy of this book with a friend. Invite someone or small group of friends for a wine and cheese tasting at a restaurant or your home. When this happens, your appreciation and knowledge about food and wine – for every occasion increases. There are many different learning styles. This book is designed to be used as material for a workshop course. For hands on, provide wine and tasting sheets, refer to the pictures and discuss information provided in the transcripts. Buying a bottle of wine, beer, spirits or other items in a wine store can be an enjoyable experience. Talk to the shopper next to you. Frequently shoppers are in such a hurry to get somewhere else they miss out on making new friends who live nearby or on a different continent. Books and magazines are designed to fill this void. They are available in many wine stores or can be special ordered. It’s not just about drinking. It’s about what’s inside the bottle and how it gets there. Wine in Pictures – the Gallery will increase your knowledge and appreciation with text and pictures. You could take pictures in the wine store with a cellphone yourself, but that won’t be necessary. They’re inside this book.
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Darlene Dranda is a writer and photographer. She has been writing about food and wine for the past 20 years. After graduating from The King’s College in 1992 with a degree in education, she left her job on Wall Street for a different lifestyle as a teacher in Annapolis, Maryland. Within the first year a second job was obtained in order to manage the high cost of living primarily for housing. One of those jobs was teaching a pasta course she designed for the parks and recreation department in Annapolis. This experience was hugely successful and ultimately led to a food and wine writing career. During the fall of 1995, about a dozen area residents attended eight evening seminars with local chefs as guest speakers. For two of those weeks, students participated by bringing a pasta dish to class that they prepared at home. Over the remainder of the course, students met at different area restaurants for dinner and presentations on site by chefs and kitchen managers. Friends and spouses were encouraged to attend the final seminar at a fine dining Italian restaurant. A special wine dinner menu was prepared for students and their guests. A two-page feature story about the course appeared in the Chef’s Choice section of The Capital newspaper on November 1, 1995 written by Frances Jaques, staff writer. The article was titled Pasta, Present and Future. In 1999, after moving back to New Jersey Ms. Dranda began working for Total Wines & More in West Orange, New Jersey as a wine associate. Shortly thereafter and for the next three years she wrote a full-page monthly wine column that was published by Recorder Newspapers. On September 7, 2001, a feature story about her and the wine column appeared on the front page of The Daily Record in Morris County, New Jersey. It was written by Warren Boroson, the financial columnist. Photo by John Bell. In the spring of 2005 Ms. Dranda completed a certification course presented by the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Wine Educators. The seminars were held at Wine Country in N. Plainfield, New Jersey. Walter Kotrba, CWE, was chapter president at that time. Certification instructors included Keith Bader, Philip Ward, and Gerry Piserchia. More recently she has been writing feature stories for a lifestyles magazine in SE Ohio where she currently resides. Connect with her on LinkedIN, Facebook, YouTube and WineScoop hosted by WordPress.
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