Although one of our primary mottoes is "no points, no gurus, no royalty," we see no inconsistency in declaring James Roscoe our "Chat Prince." In this role his simple duties involve reminding WineLovers Discussion Group members when it's Chat time, beating the drums to draw up a crowd, and gracing the Chat room with his presence, when he can, whenever we assemble in regular session.
James hails originally from the Philadelphia area and now lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C, with his lovely wife Jeannette and occasionally his three mostly grown daughters. He says his interest in wine goes hand in hand with his interest in history which he teaches, following in the footsteps of my father who is actually more of a beer drinker than a wine lover. The chatroom is a natural outgrowth of my enjoyment in sharing and learning about this wonderful world of wine.
James's varied career path has ranged though teaching elementary school, working in a Seven-Eleven, janitorial work, law school, ten years of litigation work before returning to the classroom. Among his many interests are wine and food, reading, history, philosophy, science fiction, art and music. He is presently engaged in the subtle art of repositioning himself in the area of employment.
We're mighty happy to have James as our Chat Prince. You can find him online on WLDG at just about any time, and in Chat during our regular Sunday and Wednesday sessions. (See the schedule at left.)
We schedule formal "online tastings" and "meet-the-expert" sessions from time to time, but we always have informal gatherings, scheduled for the convenience of participants in different parts of the world, twice each week. The following schedule prevails during Northern Hemisphere Daylight (Summer) Time:
- SUNDAY: Primarily for participants in the Western Hemisphere, Europe and the UK, this session begins at 4 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, 1 p.m. Pacific, which is 2000 GMT (9 p.m. in the UK, 22:00 in Western Europe, 8 a.m. Monday in New Zealand, and 6 a.m. Monday in Sydney.
- WEDNESDAY: This session begins at 9:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (0130 Thursday GMT), 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time, and is most convenient for participants in the Western Hemisphere, although folks in Asia and Down Under have been known to join in - it's 2 p.m. Thursday in New Zealand, noon in Sydney, 11:30 a.m. in Adelaide, 11 a.m. in Tokyo and 10 a.m. in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Other organized groups may use the chat room at other times, and these chats are generally open to the public. If you're not certain about the time in your local area, try the World Time Server or the Time Zones of the World Page.
Please feel free to check in at any time and see if you find anyone around; impromptu chat sessions are always welcome. On every page of the WineLovers Discussion Group you'll see a counter that will tell you if anyone is in the Chat Room; clicking that link will take you directly there. As with our interactive forums, we welcome new participants regardless of your level of expertise, asking only that participants use their own real names, avoid commercial or off-topic subjects, and refrain from personal attacks or "flaming."
We remain grateful to Roy "PortoLover" Hersh, who took time out from his many other responsibilities for many years to host the forum's Wednesday chats.
Roy, who is considered one of the leading Port wine authorities and writers in the United States, is a passionate student of wines from around the world. You will find a number of his Port reports online in our Words About Port files. Roy is always welcome in our chats, but if you'd like to find him with a Port question, or read his voluminous writing on the subject, we suggest you check out his major Port Website, ForTheLoveOfPort.com.
We also remain indebted to long-time Chat Princess Cynthia Wenslow, who carried on admirably as chat moderator and dear friend after Chairman Roy. We'll always wish her well.