My wife has started a new (side) work venture, as a marketing consultant for The Traveling Vinyard. Bringing wine tastings into peoples homes. Think Pampered Chef or Tupperware home parties. She already has two parties under her belt, and several more in the upcoming weeks. Great fun.
We’ve received enough cases of wine that the good folks over at UPS know who I am (and I don’t need to flash an ID to prove I’m over 21. (Like there’s any question about that!)
One upshot of sampling all these wines, I’ve learned that the same grape can yield a dramatically different wine in the hands of another winemaker, or in another part of the world – even if right next door – so everything I thought I knew about what I like and what I definately don’t like, has been a real eye, nose and mind opening experience!
Plus, in the past couple weeks I’ve moved a couple steps closer to joining the Wine Century Club. Happily, I still have quite a ways to go to complete my “membership.”
Starting in 2000, I’m 28% of the way there – average supermarket offerings, plus some regional varieties from NH, NY and CA… Cannot confirm what I’ve previously had in France ’93 or ’98 or Napa/Sonoma ’99, so I’ll just have to have some of those again!