Atlantan Hardy Wallace, author of the popular Dirty South Wine blog, has been chosen from more than 2,000 applicants for a highly touted “dream job” in California wine country. After an intensive application process that played out online like a reality-television challenge, Murphy-Goode Winery in Sonoma County has asked Wallace to become its “wine country lifestyle correspondent.” The job, which requires a deft mastery of various social media outlets to market the products to younger wine drinkers, pays $10,000 a month for six months and comes with upscale housing near the winery’s tasting room.
“I am blown away,” Wallace said minutes after winning. “The support I’ve been given from Atlanta is why I am here.”
Wallace, who was laid off from a sales and marketing job with Kodak earlier this year, had been hoping to find a way to turn his passion for wine and social media skills into employment when Murphy-Goode announced the position — called “A Really