In a previous blog post I shared how I was introduced to wine. In my early twenties I traveled with my boss on a business trip who introduced me to Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay and for years after I ONLY ordered Kendall Jackson Chardonnay.
Okay, let's fast forward different boss, different business trip.............................. I was invited to a very nice restaurant (the name escapes me). The server presented us with a slender black book that was their wine list. Of course no problem I would just order my regular Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay. I picked up the wine list as if I were really reading it, all the while looking for my beloved Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay. Page after page no KJ Chard :-( Panic begin to set in what was I going to do what was I going to order or even pronounce not to give away the fact that beyond Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay I knew absolutely nothing about wine.
I was saved because our server asked our host what she would like. For the sake of this blog post we will call our host Reva. Reva did not select a wine out of the book that was the wine list she told the server who I learned later was a Sommelier she wanted a Chardonnay that was buttery and oaky. My interest was peaked how could she tell this Sommelier she wanted something buttery and oaky and he know what she wanted.
Well, less than 5 minutes later the Sommelier presented our host with a taste of a buttery, oaky wine and she said "that's it". I thought to myself how was this possible no name was given just a taste profile and the Sommelier was able to select the perfect wine. I was fascinated and from that moment on I was on a quest to learn all I could about wine.