We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaitlin Brooks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaitlin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Have you ever been in the grocery store and looked up and down the wine aisle thinking, “how the hell do I choose one?” Or even better, been in a fancy wine shop or restaurant and had someone treat you like you didn’t belong there because you didn’t know how to choose a wine? I think most people have had these experiences–hell, both of us have and we’re actually supposed to be wine experts. Britt and I have been best friends since high school. Over the years we have each worked a bunch of service industry jobs eventually culminating in us individually collecting various wine certifications and accolades.
We’ve always lived in different towns and had this dream of someday living near each other again. Once Covid and quarantine hit, we realized that like us, so many other people were isolated from their friends and that also like us, wine was likely keeping them sane. That’s how we got the idea to start doing a live weekly wine show together that centers around connecting with others (#drinkingalonewithfriends), de-mystifying wine and being quite irreverent about wine in a world where people love to be snobby about it. Our show is called In Pour Taste: An Irreverent Guide to Drinking Wine. We figured that even if no one else showed up, we’d get to virtually hang out and drink wine together. But they showed up and they’ve been showing up ever since. Each week we pick a theme and put together an informal discussion on that theme. It’s fun, we mess up, we run into audience questions we don’t know the answers to sometimes, but we get to show up and we’ve started to build a community of wine-curious folks from all over the states.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We are just two best friends, separated by distance and letting our love for wine bring us together. It turns out there are other folks out there that seem to also like hanging out with us (or at least they like the wine). We host a live weekly wine show called In Pour Taste and we cover various topics in the world of wine–all while working to make wine more approachable, bring attention to some of the lesser known aspects of the industry, and highlighting other people who are doing really cool things with wine. Food and wine has always been something that brings people together and I think that we could all use a little more of that right now
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When Britt comes to town in non-quarantine situations, here are the places I want to take her: Eat: Tribute Pizza for happy hour (with house-made burrata) The Rose Wine Bar (probably on many different afternoons) Panama 66 (for Jazz night and cocktails) Bottle Craft/Venissimo Cheese (for cheese and beer in the afternoons) Vino Carta Wine Shop (for their selection of natural wines and relaxing atmosphere) Counterpoint (for brunch or late night cocktails) Aero Club (for whiskey) Oslo’s Sardine Bar (for sardines, duh) Rad Habits Juice Bar (for some fresh juices) Entertainment: Ceramic Heights for open pottery studio hours Balboa Park for museums, picnics, walking, summer movies in the park Kate Sessions park for the views So many little beach spots for hikes and swimming + local farmer’s markets Cabrillo National Monument for hiking, reading Women’s Wine Alliance killer seminars on wine topics Shopping: Gold Leaf for gorgeous gifts and home goods Fivespace for hip hop records Verbatim Books & The Book Catapult for books Friends of Friends Hat Shop in Oceanside for a great hat and sustainable clothing La Loupe, Bad Madge, and Hunt & Gather for vintage items City Farmers Nursery for brunch and plant shopping
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We are incredibly grateful for the way industry folks have been coming together during this crazy time. Specifically in San Diego, the Woman’s Wine Alliance has been amazing and so many of the businesses in the area are staying afloat because of this beautiful sharing economy, promotions and collaborations between members. We’ve had some truly badass guests on our show (i.e. I’m looking at you Splash Wine Bar ladies, and Cassandra over at Sip, and many more). Our first production guru, Corey Bruins really helped us get off of our feet with all sorts of tech stuff that we don’t understand. And then all the folks who loyally tune in and make the whole experience more fun for us with your witty comments, feedback, and corrections. You’re all killer.
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