I never imagined I would start a blog. Ever! Many years ago (2007) I really didn’t know what a blog was.
However, there was an epiphany moment while searching for a recipe on the web that I came across a food blog. I was instantly drawn to the details of this person’s life; her cooking triumphs and failures, her family issues and other mindless, random details. I kept returning to the site and realized there were other sites like hers out there…everywhere.
A whole hidden world was taking place everyday on the internet and I had been completely left out of it. There were not only food blogs, but wine blogs, lifestyle blogs, mommy blogs and even blogs about how to blog. I was instantly hooked.
All of this made me realize I too wanted to blog. I had something to say and wanted to share the magically mundane, repetitive, boring details of my life. I wanted my own place to inspire, share, complain and learn. I had no idea this hobby blog would turn into a full fledged business of its own. What an incredible gift it has been.
The Noble Pig is a place for me to write about food, family, lifestyle and travel (my interests are too far and wide to be limited to one thing). Welcome to my site and my life.
I didn’t always love to cook. In fact, as a teen I paid little attention to anything going on in the family kitchen. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I suddenly took a real interest in creating food from scratch. I learned to cook by following recipes. Once I mastered certain techniques, I felt comfortable putting my own spin on things and creating meals specifically to my tastes. I think my first cookbook was 365 Ways to Cook Chicken, remember that one?
About the same time I was learning to cook, I also caught the wine bug. My husband and I had taken many trips to the Napa Valley in Northern California. Needless to say I became fascinated with the science of winemaking. I was learning so much about wine on these trips and it’s all I thought about while back at home in Southern California. At that point in my life, winemaking seemed like an impossible dream, but one I thought about often.
Fast forward many years and two kids later, an opportunity arose for me to return to the classroom, this time studying Viticulture & Enology at the University of California, Davis. I honestly could not believe I was going to attend this prestigious program and delve into the nitty-gritty of making wine and growing grapes. Not a bad gig when it comes to going back to college.
As I mentioned before, I had just discovered food blogs, this was way before social media in the sense we know it today. In fact, in the early days of blogging we had to visit each other’s sites and leave comments to let each other know we existed. We took pictures with point and shoot cameras (no lighting) and grew our communities slow and organically.
I wanted a food blog to get me through the long period of time it takes to grow grapes and make wine. However, I never imagined this blog would have taken off so quickly and grown to the epic proportions it has today. Again it has been a dream.
The fact it has become its own self-supporting business amazes me. It was only supposed to be a hobby! I was/am very lucky.
This irresistible outlet of writing about food, lifestyle and travel balances my creative side of thinking. For me, it’s the best of both worlds. With my extensive sensory training from my days in enology school, I have a unique sense of what flavors come together well. This helps so much in the kitchen when creating something innovative and new is on the line.
I have been humbled by having my writing and recipes featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Huffington Post and all kinds of other wonderful publications. Working with brands, writing on their blogs and developing recipes for their products has also been especially rewarding. Have I mentioned all the fun freelance projects I get to work on behind the scenes? AND, I get to do this in one of the most beautiful, picturesque parts of wine country, while I make and grow wine. Is this really my life?