“A wine is a tiny story in a bottle” and my job consists of discovering these tales and their riveting taste and scent. I’m Ruth Troyano Puig, I’m 33 and –as you may have guessed- I’m a wine journalist. I was born in Reus, in the area of Tarragona, and I’ve lived here almost all my life, except while studying for my degree at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). I began my career as a local news editor and presenter at a radio station in Reus (Cadena Ser) and I’ve also worked as a press secretary and head of department for the catalan government in Tarragona (Generalitat de Catalunya) and doing cultural management for the Tarragona’s city council.
Two years ago, I decided to change drastically my professional life. I was into wine and, to learn more about the sector, I studied for a master’s degree in wine tourism jointly organised by the University of Tarragona (URV) and the University of La Rioja. My final project involved collaborative research about the wine museum Castell del Vi, located in an old castle in Falset, in the Priorat wine region. At the same time, I started writing the blog Vi·Moments·Persones, with the idea of presenting a three way pairing: wine, moments and people. Because of this experience, I’ve interviewed different interesting personalities from the wine sector –mainly from Catalonia but also from other countries. They are all wise men and women who love our land and have the ability to reflect it in a bottle of wine.
I’m so keen on the wine world that I’m currently studying a university course in the URV to become a sommelier! I hope it will be useful to increase my knowledge and help me do better my job as a freelance journalist. At the moment, I collaborate with several companies, such as the Cooperativa of Falset Marçà and the Hotel Hostal Sport –both located in the Priorat– and the start-up Vidirecte.cat, which sells catalan wine online.
In 140 characters I would like to share my passion for wine, our land and our culture. I’m proud of the area of Tarragona, specially of Reus, a city of geniuses such as Antoni Gaudí, that hides some modernism treasures. You can follow me on Twitter (@rtroyano) and on a diverse list of social networks that I’ve listed on my page at About.me. Let’s talk and have interesting conversations! My English is not as good as I would like –maybe a little bit rusty? If necessary, Jordi Baró and Adelina Herrera will help me with the translation.