ow that I have travelled around the world chasing down the perfect vintage, it seems odd that my relationship with wine started by avoiding a keg stand at a college party. Amongst half empty bottles of booze and beer was a bottle of Bogle Petite Sirah. I'd never heard of Petite Sirah so I gave it the ol' college try from a red Solo cup. Besides communion, this iteration of Durif was my first wine and this strange grape demanded further investigation.
Thinking back on that first experience, it says a lot about how I pursue wine now. My taste is now varied but I still tend to lean towards wines from regions, producers, grapes & styles I am unfamiliar with. That curiosity in the strange and unknown drove me to quit a lucrative, moderately successful career to become a wine buyer for Whole Foods, has taken me around the world twice - working 5 vintages between hemispheres, and allowed me to do a wine tasting in my underwear at Burning Man. If all goes well, I'll end up working for a winery in Oregon making Riesling, Pinot, Chardonnay and everything in-between, while still getting to do tastings in my underwear at festivals (or bachelorette parties.) In the meantime, I'll continue to enjoy this wonderful life and writing on my quixotic path with wine.