I recently returned home from a 3 month 'vacation' to Italy. While there are numerous stories and posts that could be produced relating to the topic of wine and my journey, I am feeling an overpowering writer's block and will have to save those goodies for another time.
One of the first things I did in the days after being home was go through my personal wine collection. I have amassed quite the stash, at least compared to anyone else I am close friends with, and it's always fun to go through and find the goodies hiding in my parents basement. It's also crazy to see some of the bottles I was gifted, bought with an industry discount, or on a whim; I'm definitely not on the same budget now as I was even 6 months ago! Needless to say there are a few bottles that should probably be opened before too long so they don't turn to garbage water. The prospect of creating a menu to go with some stellar west-coast wines makes my mouth water, though I don't know who of my friends would give a damn about what goes better with what. I'm also hoping to maybe start a tasting group, something I've wanted to do for some time now but never had the opportunity because I've been on-the-go for the last two years straight. Hopefully I can find some inspiration in all that I have bottled up.