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William Pollard Jr.

William Pollard Jr.

Changes coming. Updating my social media and this blog. Moving my domain name to

Over the years I have built a mental image of what wine means to me. The more wine I experience, the more I want to experience and the more that mental image changes.

My original entry into the world of wine was focused on one specific region, Washington state. Where I live and began working in the wine industry.

Today, my focus encompasses the world of wine, yes wine reviews, and wine country travel, also wine pairings and lifestyle choices.

As I continue exploring I will share with you what I learn and experience.

Social Media & Contact

  • Follow my instagram posts @williampollardjr (formerly @wild4wawine)
  • Follow my tweets on twitter @wild4wawine
  • Follow my wine comments and photos on Facebook
  • If you would like to send me samples for review email: and I will send you shipping instructions. 
  • Yes, I do venture outside my wine box. Don't be surprised to see reviews of wine or spirits, as well as wine related products and books. 
  • One of my other wine blogs
  • Archive of the #winemuse podcasts

One can be mesmerized by charismatic, local wines. Focusing on the dinner table, he said we must "...take time for time, and wine." 
Jean-Charles Boisset, 2012 Wine Tourism Conference, Sonoma, CA

Wine Industry Experience and Employment

  • 2021 September - Changing domain name to: 
  • 2019 - WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
Tasting Room Host. My friends at Wautoma Springs invited me to help out since the Walter Clore Center was shutting down. This has become my place for social contact with friends and fans. It is my sole in person outlet for sharing wine information. Stop by and I would be happy to pour for you. 

Tour Guide.  Taste Vacations is a boutique tour company specializing in food, wine, and beer travel. Our tours take place in some of the premier food and drink regions of the world. We are proud to offer unique experiences not available to regular travelers, including private wine tastings and dinners with winery owners, truffle hunting with famous agriculturists, private tours of local food and drink producers, historic walks through remarkable regions, and personal blending sessions.

Wine Education Coordinator. Centrally located in the heart of Washington wine country. A must-see, learning center that promotes Washington State wine and food by actively engaging visitors to learn, experience and appreciate the quality and diversity of its wine and food products. Read my post on Context of Wine about the educational tastings I host: Putting Wine in Context

Podcast Co-host. Many thanks to Linda Rez for inviting me to share my passion for wine. As the Wine Muse show evolved, we added conversations with winemakers and special wine industry guests. We expanded our knowledge and awareness of wine. It was a lot of fun and worthwhile. My mental image of wine continues to evolve. Maybe the #Winemuse will return in another guise.

  • 2006 - 2021, Wild 4 Washington Wine Blog

Wine Writer. After a year of working in the tasting room and following much deliberation, I decided to create a Washington wine blog in December 2006. Writing for this blog has become my platform for sharing my passion for wine. It is my outlet, and an indispensable tool. Writing also settles down the thoughts swirling in my head, so I can sleep at night. When I can't sleep, I write.

Original logo for this blog.

I enjoy sharing my stories of wine and talking about wine, wineries, winemakers, vineyards, climate, food and place. In 2008, I shared with Jane Pearson of Tapteil Vineyards a question asked of me by a visitor from China. "What is wine?" Her response was immediate, “Wine is food, wine is life.” Those are words I can live by. Go visit wine country and create your own  wine experiences.

Tasting Room Hospitality. Responsibilities included: Being gracious and welcoming, while assisting customers with wine tasting, selection, product presentation, stocking and shipping. Managed shift schedules for tasting room employees. Assisted with wine club orders and shipments. Opened and closed the tasting room. Used Vin Balance POS (point of sale), exceptional customer service, growing wine knowledge (how Washington wines are unique, wine tasting 101, wine faults). Conversant on Washington wine industry, including: varietals, appellations, climate and soil. Enthusiastic and customer driven employee. Loved the wines, loved sharing the wines with customers. And still a fan.

There is a world of wine waiting to be discovered. I hope what I share inspires you to create your own wine adventures. Stay tuned as I hone my focus. There is much to share.

- William, Wild 4 Washington Wine and a world of wine!

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