Are your friends constantly looking to you to select the wine for dinner? Do you live and bleed red, white and ros茅? If the answer is a resounding yes, then a career as a professional vintner may be what you were put on this earth to do. To learn more about the art of winemaking, we turned to Chrishon Lampley, owner of Chicago-based lifestyle brand and wine company Love Cork Screw. Before becoming a professional vintner, Chrishon owned an art gallery and bar where guests regularly asked her for wine pairing suggestions. And that, she says, is where her passion for vino began.

鈥淚n 2011, I started writing a blog called Love Cork Screw 鈥 the Love section was about fun escapades that happened in bars, the Cork section is where I would share my wine picks and hot spots and the Screw section is where I would talk politics and current events,鈥 she explains. Shortly thereafter, Love Cork Screw wine came about. Today, the brand offers six varietals, including 鈥淲e鈥檙e Movin鈥 Up鈥 (a Cabernet Sauvignon) and 鈥淗ead Over Heels鈥 (a sweet Reisling). When asked about her fun, playful names, Chrishon replied, 鈥淲e didn鈥檛 want our names to be intimidating to a wine novice. The idea is to have something everyone can pronounce and something that could work for a themed party, like 鈥楪ood Times, Good Friends,鈥 which is a Pinot Grigio.鈥 And doesn鈥檛 that just sound like the perfect wine pairing for a picnic with your besties?

If you are seriously envious of Chrishon鈥檚 life and want to become a professional vintner, here are a few tips she dropped:

1. Do your research. Sign up for wine tastings and seminars in your area. Talk to professionals to get their suggestions and advice. And don鈥檛 forget the benefits of a good ol鈥 book. 鈥淢y favorite of all time is the Wine Bible,鈥 says Chrishon. 鈥淓veryone has different learning styles, so you have to figure out what works best for you.鈥

2. Trust your instincts. Only you know the taste and style you鈥檙e going after. While everyone may have an opinion, it鈥檚 up to you to determine the final product. 鈥淵our passion usually carries you to your purpose, and that鈥檚 basically how I got here,鈥 she says. 鈥淢y primary research is the vineyards. We want to distribute only the best to Love Cork Screw鈥檚 customers.鈥

3. Keep hustling. 鈥淏e diligent and work hard,鈥 Chrishon says. 鈥淐onsistency is key.鈥 As with any dream career, you have to put in a lot of effort up front and eventually that hustlin鈥 will start to come naturally.

What passion would you like to see covered in our Quit Your Day Job series? Let us know in the comments!

(Photos via @lovecorkscrew)