Episode 1 – The beginning……..
It all started with the crazy idea that we may want to have a wine related business. Mind you, Mike had always been the more inquisitive (and sometimes we all felt maybe obnoxious) one of the group on our wine tasting trips. He would ask “do you have a cab with a peppery finish?” or “I’m looking for a chardonnay with a hint of butter” He would slurp the wines slowly through his teeth to make sure he was getting the full flavor. While the rest of us were outside loading the cars with our purchases, he was still inside engaging the tasting host/hostess with questions. This was a little quirky, and a little cute, so we humored him.
But the “obsession” did not start until we talked about a business. At this point he decided to get serious. On our first wine purchasing trip, he diligently completed the tasting note worksheets I prepared, with comments on aroma, bouquet, finish, body, etc. This was great, since my notes seemed to have a lot of comments sounding like “smooth & tasty”. After this trip he came away with a new sense of purpose: He wanted to be able to talk knowledgably to customers about wine. Not a bad idea if this will be your livelihood.
Stay tuned for episode 2, More than you want to know………