So here’s the deal…My name is Kat Collins and I love wine. It’s that simple. Some would say I’m a late bloomer in the wine world. I didn’t really get serious about wine until 2008 (31 years old). My religious upbringing believed wine was of the devil and promoted all sorts of sins. I’ve since discovered that there is a reason Jesus turned water into wine…it’s delicious! Okay…maybe it had more to do with the miracle thing, but still…
For several years I studied cheese with the intent of opening my own cheese shop. While that plan was tabled for various reasons, I found myself in a job as a manager at a winery. Guess what? Cheese knowledge translates into wine knowledge! The premises are similar…taste, scent, terroir, aging, and so on. It was a natural fit and from there, my wine world exploded.
In 2016, I completed Wine & Spirits Education Trust Level 2 with Merit and intend to pursue Level 3 in 2018. I am a contributing writer to American Winery Guide. I am a Tasting Room Manager at a winery, and have participated in wine festivals, wine dinners, wine pairings, wine tastings, and more.
In addition to my wine studies, I have a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts, with a minor in Psychology, 45 credit hours towards Master of Arts Art Therapy, including 400 internship hours. I’ve attended a marketing Pennsylvania wines seminar by Stuart Pigott, founder of Rockstars of Wine America, in 2016. I am a published writer (print and digital) with over 20 years of blogging experience, as well as an accomplished artist.
This blog focuses primarily on living the wine life in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, and promoting the 30+ wineries in the Lehigh Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA). Why the Lehigh Valley? Read this article here about why I think the Lehigh Valley is the next Finger Lakes. It’s a mix of serious and snark. A little satire, fun, and punching at the truth.
My wine philosophy is fairly simple.
- I’ll try anything, from anywhere, but I focus on Pennsylvania, and East Coast, wines. I’m a big supporter of the “little guys” and changing the stigma that the East Coast, and especially Pennsylvania, only makes crappy sweet wine (so not true!).
- I’m not a wine snob. What matters to me is taste and quality, not price point. Some less expensive wine can taste great and some expensive wine can taste bad, and vice versa.
- I love wine with food, but I equally love a wine I can enjoy on its own. I’m also a lover of fine cigars paired with wine (and the occasional scotch/whiskey).
All opinions expressed here are my own!