It all began spontaneously, when a friend inspired me to book a trip to the uncharted-by-me land of Washington and Oregon wine country. The early morning flight whisked me from the Midwest to Seattle, and a rental car served as my personal ferry to 11 wineries over three short days.
Once I knew I was moving to France to study wine marketing, I started making a giant list. The list was all the things I needed to do between now and the move, plus things I would need to do once I arrived. I organized it by calendar month.
In June 2015, I made a short list of red wines that, for one reason or another, I often stock at home. I refer to these as my red “house wines” because much like a restaurant, they are my go-to wines that I drink when I want something reliably good. Although everyone’s pallet is different, these are also generally the wines I recommend to friends who are looking for something tasty to bring to a party or give as a gift.
Once I had my list, I invited my friends to join me for a tasting at my home. The event was called Floor Wine! Red Wine Tasting – at the time, my apartment had little furniture due to my upcoming move to France.