Mid-life crisis or moment of clarity?
Whichever it is, this is a new chapter in our lives.
Hello from Kelvyn and Ruth Guest, we are a husband and wife team living in the North East of England.
Having turned our backs on our old careers, we decided to take ourselves on an adventure in wine. However, having come from non-wine related careers there is a serious side to this quest. Our goal is to one day have our own wine business so we decided to venture on a journey of exploration to discover where exactly our potential might lie in the world of wine.
We hope that our blog reflects a sense of us, in as much as terroir reflects a sense of place, as we write about the wines, wineries, vineyards, surrounding countryside, towns, villages, local attractions and cuisine.
Wine plays a part in so many things that we do in our lives, entwined with them, whether it be travel, rail journeys, great meals with friends, picnics by the sea, listening to music, or just by itself. Great wine is so versatile.
We hope you enjoy reading about our travels and tastings and that we might inspire you too.
… luckily we have an understanding cat (with a fabulous support crew to pamper him whilst we are on our travels)!
Our first attempt at doing our own thing was running our own pop up wine bar at a local art gallery in 2008. Since then we have immersed ourselves in all things wine related including undertaking some formal training, giving us the confidence to take this important step.
Dear Mr and Mrs Guest,
I have just read your blog. My wife and I are both teachers and are considering a complete career change. My initial interest was a wine shop, but I am now thinking about buying a vineyard. Do you have the contact details of the Chateau you spent a month at and do you know if they still offer a months work experience?
Thanks for your message and we are thrilled our blog has inspired you and your wife. Great to hear that you have contacted Chollet, that’s what we would have suggested. We would whole heartedly advise getting out in the fresh air and dirt working on a vineyard, it’s hard at times but so satisfying, it will certainly help you figure out which route you may want to take. Good luck with your adventure!
Ruth & Kel