About Me ~ Joel Sommer ~
History, Growth, Grapes &
|For more than 11 years, I worked in the Internet industry
selling high speed Internet connections, network topology
assistance, data center construction, network security services,
and everything Internet & Information Technology. Year
after Year, I really looked forward to giving some of my
most loyal, and most liked customers and clients cheese
and sausage baskets chock-FULL of my own home made deer sausage,
nestled within other unique holiday goodies and gifts.
It was later on along this11 year 'all things
technology' journey and home-made gift-giving ~ that
making my OWN wines, at home, really began to appeal to
me. It was an almost 'nagging' desire that I gave into -
just wanting to make wine at home, and to be able to
share it with others. This was just the
beginning of a true inner passion of mine
that has grown to levels I hadn't planned on, let alone
one that led me to plan, build, reinvent and GROW an
intense and in-depth website that is now the LARGEST on
the web for wine lovers and wine makers!
At about this time I spent two weeks solid in EVERY
effort to research making wine at home and leaving NO
stone unturned - how to make a really
great home-made wine. I discovered web
sites that sold this or that, promoted that and
this, though NONE of them truly explained precisely WHAT
to do - to make wine - once you got home. This led me to
further delve into various online winemaking groups, but
I just did not care for the format that AOL, Google or
Yahoo had to offer since I had to click through WHOLE
PAGE ads ~ just to read a single
post, or reply to one. It was
unbelievably cumbersome, time consuming, and I knew
there had to be a better way..
I had a resource - in fact, I WAS a resource. I then relied on
the 11 years spent working in all things IT, I applied the
experiential knowledge I had gained during my career path along
the cyber-information-highways, and decided to document my
journey of making one's OWN wine - mistakes, masterpieces and
EVERYthing in between ~ through my own website. I chose to 'fill
in the online gap.'
WinePress.US is not only my 'brainchild' ~ born of all of the
above. It truly is a part of who I am ~ a 'blending' of my
inner passions, my career paths, my insatiable desire to find or
CREATE something I personally discovered to be lacking. And
I knew that in creating WinePress.US - I would be able to
provide and to share
just what it was I had so doggedly searched for myself.
I later added the
discussion forum to create a more user friendly
environment for like-minded wine lovers where they can share,
trade tips, recipe's, real-life journeys - good AND bad - in
making wines, growing grapes, and so much more. Soon after,
WinePress.US was featured in industry and mainstream magazines,
online radio pod-casts, and both print and online newspapers.
I guess you could say that WinePress.US has
grown, like my grape vineyards, like a fine wine, itself. And
this personal endeavor of mine has been both an excitingly
tasteful and bitter-sweetly challenging journey that I savor,
and I cherish ~ just as I would ~ a glass of home-made wine.
Why make a homemade wine?
I have to say that making a wine of your own, at home brings a
very unique level of personal satisfaction, and for me ~ as well
as many other home-made wine makers ~ a 'calmness' that seems to
'still the waters' of life, or a rocky day. Making a wine from
home can be whatever it is YOU want it to be. It is an
EXPERIENCE. It could begin as an interesting hobby shared with a
spouse, with family, with friends - or all on your own.
There truly is a very special satisfaction you will feel and
even share in ~ when someone tastes one of YOUR home-made wines,
and that feeling inside just
glows when you behold another's enjoyment of
something that you made.
WinePress.US in the News.....
Below are some newsworthy articles and links to stories of, about, or
related to WinePress.US. We have been featured in numerous
industry magazines, garnered both radio and TV news attention,
as well as a great deal of articles and 'Shout Out's' all over
the internet. Stay tuned here, there is ALWAYS more to come!
The law in place at that
time prohibited home winemakers from not only
transporting wines from the place where it was
made, but giving giving it as a gift, as well. I sent out
more emails to nearly twenty (20)
winemaking clubs in California, notifying them of this
antiquated and senseless law. Many of our own WinePress.US members, especially Andy Coradeschi, sent
emails to local congressmen and congresswomen, wine clubs and more.
Andy has been profoundly instrumental as our point of contact with
Senator Wiggins' and Senator Boyd's offices in California.
WinePress.US and its members are instrumental in bringing
out of date CA law to light, and getting SB 607 passed into
initial inquest for a permit for the 2008 WinePress.US
Winefest to the ABC (Alcohol & Beverage Control), the ABC
notified WinePress.US that our wine competition and wine
swap would be illegal. After dozens of emails to the ABC to find a way
to host the Winefest legally. Each email
received in reply, continually stated
that what I wanted to do was illegal.
Both the Assembly and the Senate quickly approved the bill,
and has now received signature by Governor Schwarzenegger,
changing this law. Great work by all the legislators in
CA, all who wrote letters to their senators,
and all the WP members. Cheers to a job well done!!!
Read SB 607 and review here
initial article by the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, CA
August 2010 ~ WinePress.US
offers free advertising to all tourism and convention bureaus
affected by the oil spill in the gulf of Mexico.
Joel Sommer, of WinePress.US has chosen to
offer whatever help he can to help those affected by the Horizon oil
spill. "When I discover an opportunity to help, I want to use my
forum here at WinePress.US to assist wherever I can. Far too
many people have been affected by this horrendous and
far-reaching oil spill in the gulf - many of which rely on tourism
dollars." WinePress.US is helping by offering
all tourism bureaus
free advertising in our sincere efforts to draw more tourists to
their regions, thereby helping to reinvigorate their local
industries and the economy.
WinePress.US was recently interviewed by WineMaking Radio
and a downloadable mp3 file or streaming audio can be found
here in Episode #8 & #9.
WinePress.US was again recently interviewed by
WineMakingRadio.com in episode #12.
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Contact me with any comments about WinePress.US, the WP forum, link
requests, or with any 'tasty tidbits' of information YOU have, about
the love of ALL things wine.
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