I’ve Been Tagged!

“You have been tagged”, says Richard over at Stoney Creek Wine Press. He wanted to get me something nice to reward me for the work I did on the Google Top 100 Wine Blog post, but instead of sending me a bottle of ’00 Chateau Margaux, he ‘tagged’ me. What the heck does that mean? I’m not good at games and I certainly don’t want to be “it”. After looking at a few other blogger definitions, apparently, I have to list six things that most people don’t know about me, and then I get to tag six other individuals.

On the upside, what’s really cool about tagging is that it’s really fun to follow the path of bloggers that have been tagged in the past and read a few things you might not know about them. On the downside, folks like me despise talking about themselves. The ongoing joke is that Marc (my husband and Enobytes co-founder) is my PR person; if it wasn’t for him, most folks wouldn’t know a damn thing about me. Seriously, I’m an introvert and I leave it up to Marc to market my skills. But I have a duty to fulfill, so here I go:

1. Cambridge, MA has a special place in my heart – it’s where I began my lifelong journey and it’s the place where I met my (amazing) husband twenty years ago. Back then, I was a Harvard student studying Chemistry in hopes of specializing in Museum Conservation. Determining the structural stability of an object, addressing problems of chemical and physical deterioration, and performing corrective treatments probably sounds like a dull job to most, but for me, it was like I was a kid in a candy store. This dream came to a screeching halt once I found out the Smithsonian and similar institutions could not support but a few Conservationists due to limited resources and funding. So on to plan B, C, D, E……

Pamela's experience 2. I have one of the wackiest and diverse resumes ever known: I majored in Chemistry at Harvard, Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Maryland, Sommelier testing at the Court of Master Sommeliers, Interior Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, Project Mgmt at the Project Management Institute, and Viticulture & Enology at U.C. Davis. As for employment, I’ve managed restaurants exceeding $5 million in annual revenue,

wineries exceeding $10 million in annual revenue, change hats as a researcher, system architect and project manager for a major Aeronautical company and play a cellar rat from time to time.

3. In my travels, I’ve placed my feet in 49 States & 13 countries. I’m even allowed back in some of them. No really, its amazing what bond money will do. Always keep it in a separate account that you can liquidate quickly and quietly.

4. I have published technical papers with the International Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Give me a call if you want to know something about patterns, software and systems engineering, or data reverse engineering. I’ll stop short before I bore you to death.


5. I wanted to be a Blue Angel, but I had to settle for a plane with a Bart Simpson caricature conspicuously painted on the tail of a Cessna 152. Every time I flew into an FBO (fixed base operator), one of two things would happen. Either I’d be teased by the tower, OR a flock of children would surround my plane after I’d land. Oh, those were the good ‘ol days. Now that I’ve earned my wings in the sky, I go by the call sign Capt. Pamelicious.

6. While in Boston, I use to work for the Ford Modeling agency and at the Harvard Dance School, I studied Ballet under a number of great dancers, including Allegra Kent, former principle dancer of the New York City Ballet, Stephanie Moy and Anamarie Sarazin, former soloists and principle dancers of the Boston Ballet, and Lance Westergard, graduate of the Juilliard School.

Pamela and Lance
That’s me with Lance Westergard

Now it’s time to tag six others and share the love:

1. Jerry Murray over at Vintner’s Voice: I have so much respect for Jerry as he produces some of the most awesome Pinot going in Oregon. He’s a self proclaimed Pinot freak and his a background is as diverse as mine; he’s cooked in numerous kitchens in New Orleans, Tucson and Portland, taught anatomy at a medical school, tended bar, raised hogs, studied mischief, and is currently the Winemaker/Vineyard Manager at Patton Valley Vineyard. Dude, you the man, and you’ve been tagged!

2. Jancis Robinson: When I first started studying for the Master Sommelier exam, I picked up one of Jancis’s books, the “Wine Course”, which has been the number one book I’ve relied on since 1996 and I continue to use it as a study guide for the Master of Wine (MW) exam. She was the first non-wine trade person to earn the letters MW after her name and she has a well-deserved, mile high groaning mantelpiece award list for which anyone in the industry would envy. Jancis, please accept my tag!

3. Catavino: Although I’ve never visited Spain, I feel as if I know it, because Ryan and Gabriella Opaz do a great job running a wine blog that focuses on Spanish and Portuguese wine. If you haven’t tried a Spanish or Portuguese wine, do yourself a favor and seek one out! Ryan and Gabriella, you are officially tagged!

4. W. R. Tish at Wine for All: I know very little about Tish except for the fact that he used to be the editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine and he has a sense of humor that appeals to me. I follow him on twitter and I’m always looking forward to his next twit as he eagerly banters wine critics on controversial subjects like the 100-piont scoring system. Tish, you are tagged big time! Now show me the love.

5. Kevin Rose: Founder of Digg and co-founder of Revision3, & Pownce – what more can I say? Kevin is a master of his own domain and I am envious of his accomplishments. As a techie, I contemplate, “why didn’t I think of that?”…and he recently interviewed Al Gore with questions coming from “Digg Dialogue“….how cool is that. For heavens sake, dude, don’t let me down, please accept my tag.

6. Natalie MacLean: Funny, brainy and unapologetically tipsy, her goal in life is to intimidate those crusty wine stewards at fine restaurants with her staggering knowledge. Her list of awards is extensive and she’s won four James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards! Natalie, I am really looking forward to your ‘tagged’ piece!


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Tim Gaiser November 18, 2008 at 1:12 PM - Reply

    Hi Pamela, hope all is well. I enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for mentioning that you took one of our classes and I hope you enjoyed the experience. However, I do have a request that you not use our logo on your site. The MS logo is internationally trademarked and can only be used by Master Sommeliers. I know it’s a picky request but I hope you can help me out. Thanks agains and all the best,

    Tim Gaiser, MS

  2. enobytes November 18, 2008 at 2:13 PM - Reply

    Hi Tim, thanks for the comments and information about the logo. I had no idea that the graphic was proprietary. Anyway, I’ve swapped the MS logo with the Guild of Sommeliers graphic since it’s the logo displayed on my exam certificate. I assume this is acceptable? :) ~Pamela

  3. Tim Gaiser November 18, 2008 at 3:18 PM - Reply

    Thanks, Pamela, much appreciated. Hope to meet you at some point. All the best.

  4. Jerry D. Murray November 18, 2008 at 2:29 PM - Reply


    I’ve had worse things done to me than being tagged. I am currently experiencing winemakers personal versions of hell; bottling. As soon as I get these wines under screwcaps I will fullfill my responsibilities as one has as been “tagged”.

  5. enobytes November 18, 2008 at 5:34 PM - Reply

    Jerry, looking forward to your post and good luck with the bottling!

  6. Gabriella Opaz November 19, 2008 at 7:42 AM - Reply

    Fun! Thanks for tagging us as the last meme we did was 7 songs for 7 Spanish wines, but this takes it to a whole new level. Hmmm, what 6 things don’t you know about Ryan and I…

  7. enobytes November 19, 2008 at 9:42 AM - Reply

    Hi Gabriella – I’m really looking forward to your post! This is so much fun…

  8. Richard Smith November 19, 2008 at 10:48 AM - Reply

    Wow…i guess my high school diploma and swmimming proficiency badge don’t really meet the grade do they? Great post Pamela. And that bottle of Margaux? Like the proverbial cheque, it’s er…..in the mail. :-) Actually, email me your shipping address and I will send you something a teensy bit special.

  9. Tish November 20, 2008 at 6:51 AM - Reply

    Tis an honor to be tagged! Now all I need to do is to get my act together and start blogging so you actually have something to follow. Soon… Meanwhile, keep up the good write!

  10. enobytes November 20, 2008 at 9:12 PM - Reply

    I am so looking forward to your post Tish! ~Pamela

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  12. Kevin Rose November 24, 2008 at 7:21 PM - Reply

    I digg it, thanks for the tag. We always love to hear from neurotic fans. Let me know if you ever get to SanFran, maybe you can come by and see a live taping of Diggnation.

    Kev & Alex

  13. enobytes November 24, 2008 at 7:46 PM - Reply

    Hey Kevin, thanks for diggin’ the tag and for the invite – looking forward to the post! If you’re in PDX, swing by and we’ll take ya wine tasting through the Willamette Valley.

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