Better than Goode

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You may have heard about the Murphy Goode Contest where they offered to pay one lucky wine blogger $10k per month to live at their winery and write about it...

There's one problem!

With only one slot available, what happens to all of the great talent that gets left out. Surely there isn't only one wine lover out there who deserves to work for wine.

I have good news!

There is another opportunity for wine loving folks who realize that it's just "Better to be a Wine Whore". If you have an empty glass of wine and story to share, come apply to be a Wine Whore. The hours are flexible, the perks are great, and you can retire at any time.

I'd like to introduce the first member of the 'Better to be a Wine Whore' movement. Her name is Andrea Faria and there's no doubt she loves the grape. Andrea was chosen for the mere fact that she lives by the motto that everything in life is better with a glass of wine in your hand. I could go on, but instead she'd like to share her story herself and explain what brought her to my line of work.

Without further adieu...

Andrea Faria
The Wine Whore
Article #1

�Why I Would Have Won the Murphy Goode Contest� if I had only entered��

Wine Country. Rolling hills, salty air, pea soup fog, green trees that look like broccoli on the hillside, vineyards in just about everyone�s backyard, artisan cheeses, Armstrong Grove, Snoopy, Bodega Bay, The Rialto movie theater, millions of mustard flowers, and free wine tasting at every corner store you pass. I can�t think of even one thing NOT to love about the wine country, and that is why hundreds of thousands of people a YEAR make it a point to trek toward Northern California to experience that lifestyle, if only for a day.

But for me, I was blessed with not having to visit it. I didn�t have to find a cozy cottage with a price tag per night that equaled a year in the Presidential Suite of the Beverly Hills Hotel. I never drove around aimlessly looking for the perfect picnic spot, or stopped at the gas station to ask directions to the schoolhouse from Alfred Hitchcock�s �The Birds�. And I don�t EVER have to ask where to get the best wine.

How can that be, you ask? If it�s so great, how am I blessed to not have to do those things? Oh, I�m so glad you asked. No seriously. Because if you had not asked, then I would not get to tell you my little secret� come closer, I�m going to whisper. You see� I grew up there. I know every landmark, every dive bar, every neighborhood, every picnic spot, every high school make out parking spot (giggity), every corner store that sells to underage drinkers, every winery, every vineyard, every dairy (which really is just Clover), I know it all. I lived it. My parents lived it. My grandparents lived it.

So when I heard that Murphy-Good Winery (owned by Kendall Jackson) was putting on a contest for the PERFECT job, I knew I would enter. I had moved away some years ago, and my husband and I were looking at relocating �back home�, so this was the perfect opportunity. The application? A 60 second video. Pfffff� I had the script written in 30 seconds flat�

(background music, �I�m going on a Manhunt� from the 80�s movie Flashdance)

    I�m Andrea Faria, and I�m the target of your MANHUNT for the Murphy-Goode Wine Country Lifestyle Correspondent. Having worked in media for nearly 7 years, web 2.0 comes easy as pie, and I have a professional network that is second to none. My media, they are on standby for ME, with interviews, promotions, you name it. I just have to bribe them with wine to get what I want� which doesn�t work in every situation.

    Also, as a 3rd generation �Sonoma Countian�� my roots are in these places that other people have only read about. They may have had the wine�
    But I�ve had the sap from the Redwoods in my hair

    I�ve rolled down the giant hill at Crane Canyon

    I�ve picked sand out of my teeth during bonfires at Goat Rock

    And tumbled down the stairs at the world famous Catholic Church in Bodega Bay.

    Now, am I a PEOPLE person�? Ask them�

    (insert here multiple 3 second clips of people from all walks of life telling how frig�n fabulous I am, and how much fun it is to go wine tasting with me)

The video went unfinished, since during the production, my husband and I decided that due to the economy, now was not a great time for him to quit his very secure job� but I continued to drink their wine�

Next week I�ll tell you about the benefits of having a father-in-law who works for Mill Creek� he�s so getting a big Christmas present this year�

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The Wine Whore said...

I think that sums it up! :)


Amy W. said...

Andrea is so absolutely frigging fabulous! And since doing anything with her is a blast, just think how much more so it could be with a nice glass of wine in hand and the beautiful scenery of Northern California surrounding you.

The Wine Whore said...

I am so glad to have Andrea as part of the WWCrew! We need to plan an event where all of us wine lovers get together, raise a glass, and let the good times roll!


Melinda said...

Aw, hell, I applied for that job and didn't get it. But I still think my video was funny. Come on, did you see anyone else drinking wine in kimono?

Congrats to Andrea for being the first honorary Wine Whore! Terrific idea and I look forward to reading your stuff here.

The Wine Whore said...

Love it! :)

Really glad you like the idea... should be a lot of fun!


Kort said...

Heheeh, enjoyed that one. :)

The Wine Whore said...

I am really glad you all are enjoying the newest member of the WWCrew! Stay tuned for more of Andrea's adventures!


MakesNooSense said...

Congrats to Andrea. What a cute idea you have going on. I'm going to tweet a link but first will apply : )

Take care!!

The Wine Whore said...

I look forward to another great member of the Crew!


RE Ausetkmt said...

Wow.. a fil that works at a winery.
yepper that's a perk for sure.

The Wine Whore said...

Absolutely! I am totally jealous! :)


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