A pretty face may feed you, yet it is all about talent!
《葡萄酒名人堂》有實力靠臉吃飯，卻堅持要以才華服人，《劉謙柔 Vivivan Liu》一展葡萄酒、烈酒、清酒和雪茄四大領域-女力中的溫柔！
"Wine Hall of Fame" has the power to feed oneself with a pretty face, yet determination and real talent are captivating. 《劉謙柔 Vivian Liu》main fields of expertise: Wine, Spirits, Sake and Cigars, all characterized by elegance and gentleness.
「A pretty face may feed you, yet it is all about talent」
酒界人稱「大V」的《劉謙柔 Vivian Liu》，因固執而踏入酒界，也因好勝心跨足葡萄酒、烈酒、清酒和雪茄四大領域，想一窺她美貌的背後，是什麼動力促使她有這樣不服輸的精神，讓我們一起看下去~
「V」was the nickname which the founder of Taiwan Wine Research Institute, Professor Chen Yihua, gave to Vivian Liu, who because of stubborness did step into the wine world. At the same time, with a heart full of ambition, also enter the other 3 fields: spirits, sake and cigars. If you want to know what is behind her beauty?, What motivated her to have such perseverance? Let’s take a look at it together.
Photo courtesy of Vivian Liu
V, Liu Qianrou, with an excellent family and Taiwanese business background, her straightforward personality, boldness, and clearly knowing whom or what to love or hate, even her temper might not be that good, all combined make her have an independent and strong heart hidden under her beauty. With the interview, We aim to examine and carefully pay attention to see the person she’s become-in nowadays. Even during the current epidemic, out of her own pocket, “V” decided to reach out a helpful hand by donating masks to those in need so the gospel of Jesus Christ and His love may be also spread too.
V-Liu Qianrou's In-Class photo/ Photo courtesy of V.
大V喜歡朋友叫她「柔柔」，提醒她時常要保持溫柔，她對於葡萄酒相當有見解，在還沒有iCheers的年代，她被北京的網酒網邀請過去洽談合作，當時網酒網在酒界的地位相當高，因為它創下法國波爾多五大酒莊的莊主一次飛到中國簽約的顯赫紀錄。嗅到濃厚商機的大V，本來是有機會將這個平台引進來台灣，可是因為才華被當時中國第一位WSET LEVEL 4的對方給看上，希望大V能留在北京發展，因雙方理念上有交錯而可惜沒有促成當時的合作，然而這或許是上帝最好的安排？
V likes her friends to call her “Rou Rou” which means gentle in Chinese, so it reminds her to always keep being gentle in her daily life. V has an outstanding understanding of wine, even before iCheers, she was invited to collaborate and work along with one of the most prestigious and recognized Wine and Spirits companies in Pekin and around the world. Wangjiu set a remarkable record by closing a contract with the 5 greatest wineries in Bordeaux, France, where every owner flew directly to China for contract signing purposes. The sense of business that has been companying “V”, made her realize that it was a good opportunity to bring the business into Taiwan, however the cooperation between China No. 1 WSET LEVEL 4 who was interested in working along with V. Unfortunately V could not moving forward with her original plan due to the lack of compatibility in ideas and methods or maybe it was all in God’s plan?
Group photo after the interview with the Winedays staff/ Photo courtesy of Clark
Wine - Ignite your first love
This is the way “V” uses to express herself when it gets to describe wine. Indeed, the beauty of wine has the power to make you easily recall the reason why you love your work? What is it that makes you love your partner? “Why did you fall in love with wine?” V responded by laughing and followed by: “Everyone loves to drink some wine, but what everyone is really looking for is completely different”. V chases a unique quality and aroma in Wine. Perhaps, some people might be chasing alcohol only and V realized that she had that kind of person around her, so back then, without giving it a second thought, V did some online research, followed by a phone call and that was it. She already signed in for the 2nd Course of Wine and Spirits Education which opened a new world and let her step into this amazing Wine world.
當她開始學習後，發現酒研跟最初自己想像的不一樣，要學氣候、土壤、盲飲等，看似都不是她所喜歡的項目，更戲稱自己好像在當農夫的心態，因學費已經繳下去，不可能頭只洗一半的大V展現強韌不服輸的個性，應是跌破姊妹們眼鏡一舉攻下ISG L1 , WSET LEVEL 1&2的山頭，也上完LEVEL 3的課程，只差考試認證的部分。最令人感到佩服的是，她不受限制地橫跨烈酒、清酒和雪茄這三大領域，將自己的潛能逼到極限，如此的博學而專精，將自己雕琢成自己想要的傑出形象，我想這就是基督徒對於生命的熱愛和為主作鹽作光的表現。
Right after her enrollment into the course, V found out that it was quite different from what she thought it would be like earlier. Some of the techniques and/or fields that needed to be covered were: climate, soil, blind drinking, etc. It wasn’t what she actually really likes. Even worse, it felt like she was becoming a farmer and not a professional of wine. The course was already paid and things must not be done by halves, V tough personality started to develop to the point of letting V achieve the completion of the major areas of Spirits, Sake and Cigars (ISG L1, WSET LEVEL 1&2 and finished LEVEL 3) and currently waiting for the certification exam. The most admirable thing about V is her going even further, pushing her potential to the limit in learning Spirits, sake and cigars. She sculpted herself into what she wanted to become. I think this might be what a christian should represent regarding love and at the same time being the salt and light on earth.
V at New City Rotary Club - Cigar Event /Photo courtesy of V
Spirits – Thoughts after Passion, Sake- Open Heart Transformation, Cigars – Senses Extreme Challenge
Besides wine, Sake, Spirits and cigars also play a main character in her life. She even uses a stunning aroma for the soul as a way to describe the cigar that caused her to feel one of the greatest frustration in her life and at the same time, brought her success and let her comprehend everything. It all happened in 2019 before the breakout, V was doing all the preparations for Sake and spirits certification exams, moreover V was smoking more than 20 cigars a day. Paying the price wasn’t that easy for V to the point of even doubting if there is any sense or meaning in what she has been doing. She found herself one day talking to herself in the mirror “How did I get here? from being a person that loves beauty, used to hate and roll my eyes at people smoking cigarettes, to a person that now it is completely in love with cigars to the point of all I can smell in my Birkin bag is Cigar”.
Group photo of IACS international cigar certification course / Photo courtesy of V
However, it is because of this kind of experience, only those who persist and remain committed until the end are the only ones allowed to enjoy the beauty and benefits of your hard work. Currently, V is one of the few teachers with certification in wine, spirits, sake and cigars. Known as a legend in the industry, V is a representative of womanpower who has embarked in her personal journey.
Carat and V at Vintners Cocktail party / Photo courtesy of Clark
V, currently as a full-time cigar professor, has also specialized in having the perfect technique and skill to distinguish the authenticity of cigars. Besides learning being able to find perfection among cigars, V guides her students to also learn valuable knowledge regarding oral care after you have finished smoking. One of the pros when smoking Cigars is the dopamine produced in the brain, however, one disadvantage is the tar that remains in your mouth which can be easy removed by gargling a good quality of bitter tea oil until the cigar aroma have reached your back nasal cavity, followed by gargling with warm water and salt by finishing with washing your teeth. This is the secret of how to correctly take care of yourself after every cigar. Please, do not trust social media if you see something totally different to what I have just shared in here. Instead, let’s share this information to all the people that might need it.
If you try hard not to lose everything, do you really know what you are pursuing? Put all effort in reaching every goal. This is the best advice that we have seen in V’s life experience. Winedays have brought you this amazing interview with encouraging purposes; to all those who need a light in the darkness or maybe only a motivation in the middle of frustration.
Author: Clark, Editor-in-Chief, "Wine Hall of Fame"
"Wine Hall of Fame" project
Wine lovers know that knowledge is not in the number of bottles of wine you have had but in the guidance of a professional in the field. In order to enter into the Wine world, Guidance and teaching from a known teacher is completely necessary and this is why the "Wine Hall of Fame" project was born at the right moment. The masters selected for the "Wine Hall of Fame" project, each of them has an influential and well-known name in the wine world. However, "Wine Hall of Fame" hopes to lead us all into a world beyond the wine itself by getting to know the philosophy, passion and philosophy of our professional staff.