Wine was not a common beverage for my family growing up. In college, I drank strawberry-flavored wine, and then I moved up to white Zinfandel. It wasn\u2019t until my late twenties that my interest in wine started, and I set out to find my niche.\r\n\r\nAt the time, I worked in the accounting department at a five-star hotel in Beverly Hills. My manager gifted me dinner in the hotel restaurant, and I invited my mother and twin sister to join me for the affluent dining experience.\r\n\r\nWhat I didn\u2019t realize was that, as host, I was responsible for ordering the wine.\r\nThe wine itself was better than what I was used to, so I was excited and intrigued. My wine spirit was awakened.\r\nOur sommelier approached the table, wordlessly handed me the wine menu and walked away. The list looked like a page from a foreign country travel log. I had no idea where to start, and my guests were in no position to offer assistance.\r\n\r\nWhen the sommelier returned and asked if I had made a selection, I simply pointed at a name on the list that was moderately priced. I was relieved that I had at least managed to order something.\r\n\r\nThe somm returned again, this time with a white towel draped across his forearm. He showed me the bottle. I nodded, and he poured me about an ounce of wine. At this point, I was annoyed. I whispered to my mother asking why I wasn\u2019t getting a full glass like an adult. Luckily, she knew what was going on and quietly told me that I was supposed to taste it and let him know if it\u2019s OK.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nI remember leaving dinner feeling disappointed and embarrassed. But the wine itself was better than what I was used to, so I was also excited and intrigued. My wine spirit was awakened. Today, I\u2019m grateful for that mix of feelings.\r\n\r\nFrom that night onward, I set out to learn as much as I could about wine and to share that knowledge with people in a comfortable approachable way. People would say to me, \u201cYou\u2019re really good at helping people feel comfortable about wine, you should start a business.\u201d Eventually, I did. I started an at-home tasting business. At last, I found my niche.