When I first happened upon this contributor, I was certain her user name meant Sandie Go Wine Lady! You know… like cheering her on. Go Sandie! It’s your birthday! You awesome wine lady!
But in a recent candid interview, she was quick to set the record straight – pointing out that her name is not Sandie; it’s actually Tracy. And that her user name is supposed to be interpreted as San Diego Wine Lady.
This awesome Supervisor of a number of WikiAnswers categories also had this to say: “Helloooo people! The Bookmaking category has to do with gambling; placing bets, bookies, the vig. Not the craft of making books or writing a book (giggles). WikiAnswers contributors are very sophisticated; however, they must not be Sopranos watchers or hang at the race track!” Uh, double duh!
Here’s more from Tracy herself:
Are you married and do you have any children?
No, I’m not married. In fact I live in a convent with Catholic nuns! I love living with the order and have been here since 2000. My neighbors are true friends, and the great thing is when I want company there is always someone up to hang out with. When I want peace and quiet I have that, too. My blood sister also lives in the convent. We have several sets of blood sisters that live here, so it’s kind of like a sorority. I know, I know…everyone has tons of questions about this arrangement but it’s just like living in any other apartment except: no boys allowed! We are on 24/7 lock down (giggles). The only men let in are our wonderful assistant Alberto and service men (computer, plumbing, elevator, etc.). No, I’m not a nun so, I enjoy dating and dancing the night away just like any other single gal. I have never been married, and I don’t have any children.
Where do you live?
I live in Little Italy in downtown San Diego, California. I love the southern CA lifestyle. It is very easy going and living downtown keeps me close to the best of our fine city has to offer. I live by several theaters which makes going to the theater easier than going to the movies. There are restaurants abound in my area so I am well fed. I am also within walking distance to the famous San Diego Zoo and just a few blocks from the water. I have to say it is quite beautiful. If I want to spend a day at the beach, I just hop on a city bus and I’m there in 15 minutes.
I have been living in San Diego for the last eleven years and it is quite different from where I grew up on the east coast. I like both coasts a great deal but where I’m originally from is a lot faster paced and exciting whereas San Diego is calm and relaxed. The great thing is that I can go to the east coast almost anytime I want.
What is your occupation?
I work in the wine and food industry as a trainer and instructor, and wake up every day chomping at the bit to start work. Here is a typical day for me:
• Test new liquor, wine, beers and food items entering the market
• Read wine, liquor, beer and food articles
• Study the interactions of food, wine and culture
• Teach fun and curious wine students and culinary professionals
• Research wine, liquor, beer and food topics
• Write about wine, liquor, beer and food
• Consult for the wine and fine dining industries
• Work part time as the sommelier and Wine Director for a private collector
It’s a tough life, but someone has to do it. I have been in this industry for the past seven years and I have loved every minute of it. I am very proud that I help others become experts in the field of gastronomy (the art of fine wine, food and dining). I have a classic business and law education which is perfect for what I do. It is important to understand that even though food and wine sounds like it is all about drinking and feeding your face, these industries are businesses.
I have written a few training manuals: Become a Chocolate Connoisseur in 5 Minutes or Less and The Ultimate Guide to Careers in the Wine, Mixology and Gourmet Food Industries: A Step-by-Step Guide to Catapulting Your Career. These easy-to-read guides will be available to the public in the beginning of 2010. You can visit School for the Service Arts for more information or feel free to email me directly for more information.
Do you have any hobbies?
During my time off I HEART television. Reality TV makes my mouth salivate. If the show makes me feel uncomfortable the more I love it. The embarrassment is so delicious. Some of my favorite shows are: The Real Housewives, Prep School and Bad Girls Club (oh, I just cringe at this show and can’t get enough). I like anything on Bravo, the History Channel, Speed Channel and PBS. I am a documentary junkie. One of my favorite pastimes is reading the New York Times while watching Formula One or boxing or a wrestling show while knitting. It really doesn’t get any better. I am trying my hand at knitting a collection of fall and winter clothing for myself. It will either come out great or be a hilarious disaster.
On weekends there are polo matches to go to and picnics. I also enjoy watching dressage and seeing how young riders progress. Sunday evenings I go out with friends to gab and shoot the breeze at wine bars around town. As well as talking to Mother and my best friend and her baby by phone, I, of course, spend quite a bit of time with my sister who is a talented artist and the funniest person I know. I like to keep active in the community so I belong to several Beekeeping, Orchid and shell clubs. I also take a variety of low impact exercise classes to keep the lbs. off. You may see me around town taking hula, lawn bowling, speed walking, Pilates and yoga.
I also volunteer for the San Diego Symphony and our folk art museum a few times each week. I help out any way I can and have a great time doing so. That’s all I really have time for during the week. I wish there were more hours in the day.
Please share some random facts about yourself, special thoughts, etc.
Truthfully, I wear myself out and I’ve been told I’m a handful (giggles). I go at two speeds, full out and dead stop. Since I started working in wine my life changed dramatically. I love and care more about others and myself. Since tasting wine and food takes soooo much concentration and discipline (looking, smelling, tasting and understanding the history and production methods) I’ve become trained to be very careful before generalizing. This has enriched my life in many ways that are too sappy to mention here.
Do you have any special goals or dreams?
In addition to becoming a WikiAnswers Ruby level contributor, I am determined to earn the distinction of Master of Wine. The Master of Wine designation is a rigorous test that is composed of a rigorous multi-faceted written exam on the business of wine, production of wine and current issues within the industry. You are also required to write a 10,000 word dissertation for starters. There have only been 275 people to pass since 1953 which is equivalent to about five people per year. Can you imagine only five people getting their PhD per year worldwide? It took the famous Mary Ewing-Mulligan who wrote the bestselling Wine for Dummies book, and by the way was already brilliant nine years to pass. I may be as old as heck when I pass but, I’m going to.
What brought you to WikiAnswers?
I’m quite sure I googled a question and lucked upon WikiAnswers. The answer to my question wasn’t posted so I researched the answer and posted my first answer on WikiAnswers. I have been hooked ever since.
What keeps you coming back to WikiAnswers?
WikiAnswers has so many interesting and dedicated participants I can’t wait to see what I’ve missed. The WikiAnswers community is so helpful. It’s a great team. I also like to post the questions and answers my students and clients ask most often on WikiAnswers. That way they can use WikiAnswers to get just what they are looking for and more.
What is your favorite WikiAnswers activity?
Researching answers using the materials from my personal library. I get such a charge each time I have just what I need right in my own home or office. Of course if I have to use an outside library or the Internet I certainly don’t mind. I wish I had access to Lexus/Nexus. I also like getting messages and reading participant bios.
How would you describe yourself or personality?
I describe myself as a friendly, outgoing, patient and generous. My neighbors call me ‘Head Angel’ because I like to celebrate birthdays and milestones and remind each person how much they mean to me. And I’m always willing to lend a hand. My friends would share that I’m very affectionate, nutty, romantic and have a witty sense of humor. My clients all say that I remind them of their favorite teacher. I tell them the truth, but I don’t make them feel stupid while assisting them through their challenges. I find that all of these things make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
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