Welcome to our new web page and thank you for clicking on my blog. I am looking forward to sharing with you my haps and mishaps with wine. I am going to start with a brief introduction.
I had my first glass of wine (Chardonnay) in a restaurant in Georgetown, I was in the neighborhood of 30. To tell you the truth, I didn't like it all that much. So, needless to say, it didn't become a "go to" for me. Speed forward almost a decade I am lining in New Jersey. A friend of mine's sister turned me on to a box wine (Chablis), and I have to say I became quite fond of this beverage on cold NJ nights while enjoying a soak in a steaming hot tub. And, I really liked the idea it stayed in the refrigerator a very long time without going bad, because it still wasn't my "go to". Now into my 40's I move to Louisiana and my boss invites me to dinner. Uh oh. So I find the local wine market and ask the young connoisseur working there what I should do. *This is my first insight for what not to do in a wine store. It was a polite thank you when I handed over my gift and thankfully he suggested I try one he was going to pour with dinner.
The introduction was to David Bruce Pinot Noir. I could not begin to tell you the sensation, the light that went on, the chorus the choir was singing. I went back to that wine store the next day and told the young buck he should get a different job. And left with a full case of wine, all with a somewhat similar profile to to the DB, and all red. The next few years were A LOT OF FUN.
I retired from the corporate life and moved here, Gulf Shores, Alabama on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The sand is white, squeaks under your feet when you walk and the sun shines most of the time. I really liked the time and feeling like I was on vacation. Since I got out of school I had always worked. But alas, it was time to find something to do. I knew I wanted to have a restaurant, though I was thinking more along the lines of a beach bar. I was complaining to one of the professors at our local culinary college about not being able to find a decent bottle of wine. Three months later I opened "The Wine Store". That was when I knew my beach bar was now going to be Sunset Cork Room Restaurant & Wine Bar.