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About Jeb Dunnuck

Growing up on a farm in rural Indiana didn’t yield a steady diet of fine wine and there certainly weren’t any corks being popped or bottles on the dinner table. Even today when I open a bottle, despite my best efforts, the family either grimaces and asks for a coke or fills up their glass to very top and chucks it down in a few gulps. I’m not sure which I prefer.

In 1996 I spent a summer working in London and traveling to France and my interest in wine started to take shape. It wasn’t until 1999 when I moved to upstate New York that I really began to become seriously interested in wine.

A software engineer by trade (that would be the day job), I moved to upstate New York to work for Lockheed Martin in Owego. The plethora of wine shops and the close vicinity to the Finger Lakes region was a plus, but within two years, the miserable weather lead me to accept a position writing software for a telecommunication company in Boulder, CO. The dot com bust followed shortly there after and it wasn’t long until I was back in the embedded development industry working for Ball Aerospace. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to write the image processing software for two NASA programs. The first was the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) instrument
(http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu)that’s currently orbiting Mars and the second is the Kepler program (http://kepler.nasa.gov), which is NASA’s mission to search for other habitable planets.

This site is the result of a love affair with the wines of the southern Rhone Valley. The first trip to France while working abroad was the catalyst. Since then, I’ve been able to travel through the wine regions of both France and the USA multiple times, and now spend multiple weeks a year in France, California, and Washington State.

In 2006, I took a part time job working evenings at Applejack Liquors in Denver, CO. After years of browsing internet blog rooms and attending high end tastings, the exposure to a large, high inventory wine store and the general publics buying habits was both a shock and a valuable learning experience. This introduction to the inner workings of the wine trade and to the sheer number of wineries producing outstanding wine is an experience that’s hard to get without being part of the ITB (that would In The Business) crowd.

I’ve since stopped working in the wine business, clock my 40 hours writing software and then read, post, drink and think about wine at home. Like anything worth pursuing, wine enjoyment is a journey and not a destination.

I currently live in Broomfield, CO with my lovely wife Traci and adorable pooch Abigail.

Salut and thanks for reading!

– Jeb Dunnuck

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