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My journey with wine.

From college days of buying cheap magnum bottles to growing a refined palate. I have always loved wine.

My wine cellar.

Remember the college days? It was all about getting drunk fast on a budget. The nights were long and the hangovers were short lived. Now as an adult in my early 30's if I have a long night of drinking the hang over lasts for days! Luckily, my budget and palate have come a long way. I've learned there truly is a difference between a $10 bottle of wine vs. a $20 bottle. Not just in flavor but overall quality. This is due to many reasons. But that's another post!


I think I really began to get serious about wine sometime after grad school. My husband and I took our honeymoon in Sonoma County. It was there we really started to learn about varietals and regions. A few years later we built our house. Both of us agreed we had to have a wine cellar. We thought, why put it in the basement? Wine bottles are beautiful works of art. Let's display it on the main floor! To make that happen it required a lot more planning. We had to make sure it was temperature controlled, insulated and obviously beautiful. We first stocked it with random wines from wine clubs and had no idea what was going in there. I would often dislike the wine they sent and claim they had “gone bad” when in reality they were probably just terrible wines. I think I ended up pouring out at least 10 bottles they were so undrinkable. We then started to really do our research talking with Somms at restaurants, reading Wine Enthusiast and Spectator and going to wholesalers to learn how to get the biggest bang for your buck.


I think the greatest thing we’ve learned so far is that there is an insane amount to know about wine. And as 2 nerds who enjoy learning, wine brings together our love of research and art.


Honeymooning in Sonoma County circa 2013.

We recently finished James Suckling's master class and learned SO much more. We actually got to meet him at a tasting in San Francisco! I can now proudly say we have some solid wines in our cellar. We’ve learned an abundant about regions, varietals, pairings, pricing, vintages, and best time to open an aged wine. 5 of our bottles we can’t touch until 2025!


That time I met James Suckling at a wine tasting.

I think the greatest thing we’ve learned so far is that there is an insane amount to know about wine. And as 2 nerds who enjoy learning, wine brings together our love of research and art.