Hello! If you’re reading this, you probably love wine too and want to know a little more about this blog. So, welcome!
My name is Misty and I’m here (sounds like the beginning of a hippie rap battle), writing about wine because I simply wanted to learn more. I love the writing, research, learning, and sipping. I love the stories behind each bottle—the history, geography, science lessons they contain, and (especially) the people it connects us to. My wine journey began in my early 20’s, where shockingly enough, cheap white Zinfandel and bad oaked Chardonnay didn’t leave me with a permanent distaste for the fermented grape.
“I said, Close your eyes, I got a surprise and I ran away with the bottle of wine.” ~LL Cool J, Going Back To Cali
My palate has evolved over the last 20 years by simply tasting, researching, learning, and writing about wine. There are so many fascinating details and so much to appreciate in regards to wine and wine making! I’m constantly learning something new (and learning is fun!). I also have a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 Certification.
“Anyone who tries to make you believe that he knows all about wines is obviously a fake.”
~Leon Adams, The Commonsense Book of Wine
My background is in dentistry, with an applied science degree in dental hygiene (sigh, if only I had focused on writing sooner! I could’ve avoided a lot of biofilm). I don’t typically write traditional tasting notes because I believe everyone experiences and describes wine differently. Another thing you won’t find in this blog is perfection. It’s meant to be casual and lighthearted. Wine doesn’t always have to be taken or evaluated so seriously. There’s a time and place for that, and it’s not here!
All photos are taken with my iPhone or Nikon camera—although some cartoon or random amusing images may be borrowed and added to posts.
As far as receiving samples for review, please contact me via email: Misty@RedWineCats.com or direct message on Twitter or Instagram. I’m open to and love all wines (not just the reds!) and will be happy to post them via social media and this blog. *I love supporting local and lesser-known wines too!
Thank you for visiting and I hope you’ll find new wines to love through this site (even if you don’t, you’ll get to see random cat photos, and who doesn’t love that?).
Share them with friends and be happy.
Find me on Twitter: Misty@RedWineCats Or Instagram: __MistyC__ : Or via email: Misty@RedWineCats.com
You can also reach me at: Misty@BasilandSalt.com
If you’d like to advertise your brand or product in Basil & Salt Magazine “For the Gourmand, Tippler, & Traveler” please reach out to me. I’d love to work with you!
Random street art in Poznan, Poland (pictured above). I think it’s a wine cat…