Many of our Houston wine friends attended class with Joe at the University of Houston, through the International Sommelier Guild. I met Hank Greer, along with Iris Allen, at an end-of-semester Christmas party in 2007 to help celebrate the completion of ISG Wine Fundamentals Certificate Level 1. I felt I already knew them, since Joe shared stories about class, and some of the classmates with which he had a natural affinity.
While we keep in touch with Iris through the Urban Wineauxs, I hadn’t seen Hank for a few years until last winter, when we both served as volunteers on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) International Wine Competition Committee. The committee is huge, and has a long waiting list for membership. So it is entirely possible to never see someone on the same committee unless you happen to have the same shift at the same event. But I encountered Hank at the Rodeo Uncorked! Best Bites Competition (actually I think it was his Foursquare check-in, first!) and later he, Iris and I met up for the HLSR The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.
I work in Houston and Joe works in Clear Lake, a good 20 miles south of Downtown. When we get invitations to wine and restaurant media lunches, Joe’s schedule prohibits his taking 2 or 3 hours off to commute up to lunch, attend and then return to work. Sometimes the event falls on a day that I just cannot get away either, so it is awesome to have friends and other wine and food bloggers who will attend and write about the event for Another Wine Blog. From time-to-time Hank will be one of these good folks.
Like Joe, Hank is a Lead Web Developer by day, and wino by night. A self-described “military brat” of Scottish and Thai descent, Hank was born in Chang Rai, Thailand, and has lived in Thailand, Japan and all over the United States. Hank tells us that his favorite pairing is Champagne and caviar and favorite wines are Priorat and New World Pinot Noir. He has visited wineries and vineyards in Willamette Valley, Oregon; Temecula Valley, California and the Hill Country region in Texas, and hopes to travel to the Priorat region of Spain, Dordogne region of France, New Zealand and Australia.
Hank is a Certified Sommelier and is working toward his Certified Specialist of Wine certification. A foodie as well, Hank’s favorite restaurant in Houston is Uchi. He also blogs about wine and food at Vino HAG.
Please welcome Hank to Another Wine Blog!