Because I'm not busy enough, I've started a side business doing private wine cellar consultations and cellar inventories. Almost every home that I enter has either an actual wine cellar, or a collection of wines that the owners need help with.
Philanthropy at it’s finest. We are so privileged to live in an area filled with affluent and generous entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Whether the cause is a school that needs some updating, pets in need, or helping others to help themselves, there is a group out there rallying for donations of time, resources, or funding.
A night of excess, the finest Champagne, and the finest ingredients used in bite-sized amuse bouche for an evening to raise money for a local elementary school. The guests were greeted with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve to enjoy during the intimate gathering and guest speaker talks. Afterwards the real tasting began as the hors d’oeuvres were passed of gougere, caviar on buckwheat blini, mini beef wellingtons, a demitasse of warm parsnip puree, tuna tartar on wanton crisps, and manchego with membrillo at the end of a pick set the tone. The lineup was Champagne that I had frequently admired from afar, but knew everything about…except the taste.
I have to admit, once it occurred to me that my client list now includes Well's Fargo, AT&T, and now IBM, I felt more than a tinge of pride. For the record, wine events as team building exercises are an excellent idea. Just the right amount of alcohol to get people loosened up, brain storming, and socializing with their co workers from across the globe. Think about it, what would you rather do? Flow charts and being blind folded while hoping that your coworkers will catch you while falling backwards, or tasting and learning about wine while eating killer food between board meetings? If I were you I would suggest the latter to whomever is in charge of these shenanigans for your company. Just sayin.