Calling all wine junkies, on this edition of threadTALK - Influencer Blog Feature we have Raquel Royers, a blogger, influencer, and wine lover to talk about, you guessed it! All things wine, watch her sip and spill how she got her start, and hear her thoughts on some of your pressing wine questions!
Q Tell us a little bit about yourself and your Blog/Instagram page.
A I'm just a wine-obsessed gal living in the world famous Napa Valley! I started to Watch Me Sip out of my unwavering passion for all things wine. Wine is such a beautiful product that requires so much art and craft in the making of it. I like to share those stories, experiences and my favorite wine finds with everyone I can!
Q What is something you get asked all the time in regards to your page, and how do you respond?
A Do I drink wine all day, every day? Haha - I constantly get this question. While I do imbibe often for the sake of my wine travels and research, I also have a full-time job and real life outside of wine. ;) While my job is working at a winery, contrary to popular belief, I'm not drinking wine at my desk all day. I do however drink more wine than the average person...all in the name of research so I can provide the best wine tips to my followers!
Q You mentioned your love for sharing stories and experiences about wine, what is one memorable story that you can share with us?
A Oh gosh, that's tough! I've been fortunate to have so many amazing wine experiences, and it's hard to pick a favorite when they are all special and unique. However, there are a few things I especially love; when they take you out on the four-wheeler for a tour of the vineyards, thieving wine straight from the barrel, tasting old vintages and a food and wine pairing!
Q Since you are quite the wine expert here, we have to ask: what is your favorite wine that is under $10 and over $20 and why?
A Not to sound like a wine snob (oops) but I don't often recommend wines that are under $10. Wine is an investment and if you want something of quality, it's worth it to spend a little extra. What some people don't understand is how much dang work goes on in the back end in order to create that bottle of wine. It's truly a work of art. Instead of picking a favorite producer, which would be really hard, I will suggest some great varietals and specific regions look for in the $20 range. You can often find a good Zinfandel from Lodi or Dry Creek in the price range, same with a Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley. But truly, if you're looking for the best bang for your buck -- look outside of the states -- Italian and Spanish wines tend to have higher quality for the price!
Q What was the most expensive bottle of wine you have ever had, how does it differ from a good, more affordable option, and do you think it was worth the price?
A Oh gosh -- what a question! I have to say, I've had the opportunity to taste some very expensive and notable wines, including some "cult" wines that are highly sought after. I don't even want to list the price because it's crazy -- let's just say you could buy every Thread Tank shirt you ever wanted! :) And no, I didn't pay for them...sometimes in the wine industry, you're just in the right place, at the right time!