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I have an adorable 7-month-old son, Mason, he is the light of my life. I am usually typing with one hand (holding him with the other) so please ignore my typos. I work as a microbiologist for a local brewery. I love my job! In addition to micro, I am a professionally trained beer taster. I worked my way through college as a bartender, so I also have an appreciation of wine and spirits in moderation. I wish I knew more about wine, I pretty much just know what I like (a red, not usually as dry as a Cabernet, my favorites are Pinot Noir and Merlot). I worked at Lonz Winery one summer many years ago, I learned a little about how wine is made (although they didn’t make it there, it is a historical winery, they wanted up to know about it). Also, there are many similarities in how wine and beer are made, since both are products of fermentation, and I know a fair amount about that ;-) I have been cooking since I was about 12, and I really love it. Some of my other interests and hobbies are photography, scrap booking, computers/the internet (obviously), and making soap the old-fashioned way (with lye and fats/oils). I have also been known to make a mean home brew. I have been kicking around the idea of making cheese at home too. Yes, I have a lot of hobbies; I think it is quite possible that I may have adult ADD :P