by Jenn Marcos-Tripoli
I'm Jenn, the tasting room manager and event coordinator at Travessia Urban Winery. When Marco asked me to have a regular column on the winery's blog, I was psyched! It's great to feel like not only do I have one of the coolest jobs ever (HELLO?! Local wine, local cheese, & local chocolate!), but I also get to go to work every day and teach our visitors something new about Travessia, the excellent wines that Marco is producing, and our lovely micro-climate and region in Southeastern Mass. Not to mention plan fun events for our guests and curate awesome art and music shows featuring the local talent of the New Bedford area!
I plan on using my time blogging here to do something a little different, by taking you on my own personal journey with Travessia, wine, and the greater New Bedford area.
As a young wine drinker, I feel like a lot of my "Millennial" peers (even myself, along with many members of older generations) can be intimidated by learning about and drinking wine. I hear it every day at the winery, almost as if customers feel the need to apologize for their "lack of knowledge" prior to even tasting a wine. In my humble opinion, as long as you know what you like or are open to trying something new, there's never any need to apologize!
So my main goal in blogging for Travessia is to un-complicate the sometimes daunting endeavor of learning about wine - it should always be fun, never anxiety-inducing! I find that the more questions I ask, the more there is to learn; so I plan on sharing with you tidbits of knowledge I pick up along the way. Expect to find a lot of wine basics, pairing ideas, recipes, easy lessons you can try at home with your next bottle of wine, DIY crafty wine projects, and more!
Another aspect of my blogging column will focus on my adventures in and around this city, hopefully offering up some great ideas for your next day trip on the Coastal Wine Trail. As some of you may know, I'm still fairly new to New Bedford, and working downtown in this bustling little corner of Massachusetts has really opened my eyes to all the great things the South Coast has to offer. It's fascinating to be a first-hand witness to New Bedford's cultural renaissance, and I love feeling like I'm contributing in some small way by working with Marco to manage a small business that I believe fits in perfectly with the positive changes happening to this often-underestimated historic city. I plan on getting out and about, visiting all the places in the area I've heard of but haven't had a chance to see or experience... yet!
In between my blog posts, you can keep up to date with Travessia's happenings via my monthly event calendar email, Marco's quarterly newsletter, along with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram updates! Hope to see you soon at the tasting room!