I've worked at the Asheville Wine Market (full time, then part time, then full time again) since 2005, so when I take off the blue apron for the last time this coming week, it'll have been more than five years, which is pretty long for me. Since my last abortive attempt at higher education in the early '80s, I can remember holding 10 different jobs (I may have left out one or two…).
No job is perfect, but this one has been close. I wasn't exactly a novice when I walked in the door, but even so my knowledge of wine and the business of selling wine increased exponentially thanks to Eb, Larry, and the host of wine industry folks who have walked through the door at 65 Biltmore Avenue over the past half-decade.
…Not to mention all the customers who have shared knowledge and stories and generally been enthusiastic about wine. You all know who you are!
I won't be working at the Wine Market anymore, but it's not like I'm leaving town. I'll be around. And you can still pick my brain by leaving a comment on this thread, or e-mailing me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will still be reviews and various forms of navel-gazing here on the Winemule blog; they may even become more frequent.
Oh, yeah: I've been working on some musical projects. You can get on the mailing list for upcoming gigs, recordings, who-knows-what at email@example.com.