When Life is Fully Lived

Surely the term looking at life through rose colored lenses came from the peaceful glow of quietly watching a sunrise.

Surely the term looking at life through rose colored lenses came from the peaceful glow of quietly watching a sunrise.

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.

Pairing to Perfection ~ A Taste, A Sip, A Perfect Pairing

Pairing to Perfection ~ A Taste, A Sip, A Perfect Pairing

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.

What an honor and delight to find this organization.

What an honor and delight to find this organization.

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 dinning room, hosting a few colleagues, with David's dinner with excellent wines paired for each course, created a perfect Friday evening.

This dinning room, hosting a few colleagues, with David’s dinner and excellent wines paired for each course, created a perfect Friday evening.

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”.

Wines for any menu or budget.

Wines for any menu or budget.

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.

Fortunately this table was not two feet away from the holiday wines' table

Fortunately this table was not two feet away from the holiday wines’ table

 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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tribute to Lovely Lady

Each morning while Kurtis watches news, P2P reads Decanter’s informative daily email digest of articles. It is part of the prep of getting back into “study mode” as WSET’s Diploma class starts on August 15th. It is also more thought provoking to read both sides of arguments about climate change, vineyard management, wine reviews, winemaker and vigneron interviews, than to be “attacked” by barrages of violence, political infighting, and tragedies one can do nothing about.

This morning Decanter sadly carries a beautiful tribute to Daphne Broadbent, 61 years the bride of “professorial wine writer” Michael Broadbent. She was quite a lady. While never having the privilege of meeting her personally, she was a person very familiar to subscribers of Decanter. AND her son, Bart Broadbent was an honorary guest of A Night for Sight charity wine auction in 2002. His gracious presence and quick wit were a tribute to both his parents. So thoughts and prayers for the entire Broadbent family go out from many fans today, and P2P would also like to honor Daphne and offer condolences to Michael, Bart and daughter, Emma.

If you enjoy informative, well-written wine news, be sure to include Decanter in your daily routine. Here is the link to Steven Spurrier’s lovely tribute to Daphne ~ http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/steven-spurrier-pays-tribute-to-daphne-broadbent-269076/

Bart, Daphne & Michael courtesy of Decanter Magazine

Twilight, Music & Bubbles


Sunset Photo

There is something about Friday evenings. Life takes a deep breath and long, sweet sigh. It is something we all need so much more of in our lives.
TCG&CC golf course
TCG&CC has a beautiful tradition of twilight golf on some Friday evenings, along with live piano music in the bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and relaxed celebration of family, friends and the weekend.

Piano-bar-564x564To add to the occasion last evening, they added “Bubbles” which included famous, boutique, and local Champagnes and Sparkling wines by the glass, half-bottle & 750ml bottles. A few of the wines we poured were ~  and Gosset Blanc de BlancsRoederer Brut NV      Mawby Blanc de Blancs

It was so lovely; a perfect toast to a beautiful weekend.
bubbles on the deck