Hi All! Thanks for dropping by my site. Hope you find it fun, educational and resourceful. My friends and family affectionately call me The Syrah Queen.
Syrah is the one grape that I find most intriguing, sexy and mysterious. You will understand my love affair with this grape more as you follow my blog. With that said, don’t be fooled by the name I am a well-rounded wine aficionado and love all varieties and drink all types of wines; sparkling, rosés, whites and reds. You will find that I write about any and all wines and grape varietals, but Syrah was my first love. There will always be a special place in my heart for a big, bold, spicy, glass of Syrah, especially a red northern Rhone.
Why am I writing about wine? Well, pure and simple, I am a passionate wine connoisseur, wine enthusiast and definitely a wine geek. I have a WSET Advanced Certificate (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) and am currently enrolled in the diploma program with WSET. Oh, I must mention that I am a true Francophile – I have a passion for all things French(language, history, food, culture, and of course wine). This led me to explore the world of French wine in great depth. I recently completely my studies in French wine and am now officially a “scholar”, I was recently awarded the certificate, French Wine Scholar, by the French Wine Society. My love for wine does not stop with the French. I am currently enrolled in the Italian Wine Specialist course as well.
In addition to wine, I have spent 20 years in the world of high finance, working as a Senior Portfolio Manager and Investment Strategist. The transition from Wall Street to wine cellars was extremely rewarding and satisfying. My other passions are traveling, dance and yoga. I am a yoga teacher and love combining my two passions, wine and yoga. I offer wine and yoga classes and workshops, Vinyoga.
So as you can surmise I am passionate about wine and of course what goes hand in hand with wine, is great food and exotic travels. I have carved out a section of my blog devoted to travel, food and the restaurant scene in NYC and around the globe. I love discovering new vineyards, restaurants and wine bars throughout the world.
I am available for consultations if you want to build a personal wine cellar, and can work with a range of budgets. I can also help you evaluate your existing wine cellar. If you have a restaurant and want help in building your wine list or if you need someone to coordinate a wine tasting, please consider hiring the Syrah Queen. I have great wine tasting themes and ideas that would accompany any elegant dinner party or corporate event. So grab a glass of wine, sit back, relax and read my blog. I’m sure you will find it fun, resourceful and educational. Cheers!
Rupal Shankar, FWS