This little blog to bring folks up-to-date on Pairing to Perfection is a bit like a bedtime story. Lots of pictures, a few words of all that is wonderful about the many things going on the last few weeks.
The last six months of getting settled into a new home, launching a new phase of Pairing to Perfection has all been fabulous. Seriously, this has been one of most welcoming communities we have ever joined. But so much change, even GOOD change can be unsettling. So each morning as we’re reading the news, making our lists and getting ready to embrace the day, we take a few minutes to just bask in the beauty of the sun rising over Grand Traverse Bay. It is beyond words breathtaking.
In the last month, there were several exciting events. The one that has great impact is that Pairing to Perfection, LLC became Pairing to Perfection of Michigan, LLC (dba Pairing to Perfection) so we are still the same entity, but now officially a Michigan company and using our same familiar little logo.
This all came about because P2P met an accountant and bookkeeper specializing in QuickBooks Online, who referred an attorney who could get the new entity setup in Grand Traverse, while the accountant and bookkeeper were helping to setup our books correctly. In other words, Pairing to Perfection is “growing up!”
And as many of our friends know, about a year and a half ago, P2P was certified as a Wine & Spirits Education Trust Level 3 in wine & spirits.
This August, WSET Diploma Courses began. So a week after getting Pairing to Perfection of Michigan, LLC established, P2P flew to San Francisco for the first Diploma level exam. What is wonderful about this course is that the online classroom really works and is setup in a manner to give rhythm to one’s schedule and assignments that are pertinent to the course certainly but also to “real life” in the Wine & Spirits profession. They also provide highly trained tutors to review the assignments, check in to see how the course is going and give some further direction in effectively preparing for the exam.
And definitely in the profession, and officially now in Michigan, P2P is looking for new ways to reach people with questions, offer pairing assistance, provide wine education to service staff, and host tastings and wine dinners in homes. To my delight on the same fateful day of the meeting with our new accountant and attorney, Andrea, a lovely lady in Atlanta who was referred by my precious youngest sister, called about pairing help for an amazing dinner catered by the incredibly talented David Bartlett. The menu was absolutely amazing. The setting was the most perfect for a wine dinner among friends ever, here is one photo of the table.
This Dinner was held during the longish drive from Detroit to Traverse City after the exam. The pictures of this evening keep the reality vivid of what a privilege it is to be invited to pair meals and wines so that truly neither overpowers the other, rather the “food and wine waltz”.
Just four days later, was the Holiday Boutique at Traverse City Golf & Country Club where P2P was asked both to offer pairing & sommelier services, corporate party packages, and help Club members select wines for their holiday entertaining. This was on an Indian Summer day of beautiful sunshine and golfers squeezing in a last round before the flags come down until spring.
There was fortunately quite a lot of interest in wine classes, private tastings, and pairing services as well. Hopefully by the time the Diploma course is completed, Pairing to Perfection will be able to find a ‘bricks and mortar’ home for wine classes, wine tastings, and of course, wine pairing services.
Two days after the Holiday Boutique, P2P packed the car with 14 dozen tasting glasses, glass vases, pitchers, and other accoutrements for a Scotch Tasting for the 120 folks attending Mama Ada Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner in Minneapolis. What a dedicated group of friends who are working hard to raise funds to educate children and teens in Ziwa Kenya through at least secondary school and provide farmers seeds to grow the food they need. This was their 8th year and the growth of their mission and that of the wise, determined grandmother from Ziwa, the “real live” Mama Ada is so inspiring.
Please keep Pairing to Perfection in mind for your pairing and pouring services during the Holidays! Though you can see that life is fully lived in this new home, life is lonely without friends, family, and work that is rewarding, fascinating, and shared. Having family, friends, and this incredible little business makes for a heart full of Thanksgiving.