If you haven’t seen P.J. Tobia’s story “Burgundy Bootlegger” in this week’s Scene, it’s worth reading about wine educator Melanie Armstrong's run-in with state alcohol officials. Anyone who’s ever met Melanie, whom P.J. aptly describes as a “bubbly brunette,” will agree it would make infinitely more sense to investigate her for pimping than for bootlegging. I went to one of her singles wine tastings (in moral support of a friend), and it was a great way to meet nice people in the comfortable setting of a Green Hills restaurant. Hardly an actionable affair.
Melanie has found a clever niche making wine-drinking informative and unpretentious. Let’s hope the story of her (laughable) time in jail does nothing more to her professional reputation than boost it, introducing her Wine University to more people.
You go, girl.