Back Home Again in Indiana
I spent all last week in my home state of Indiana. At the start of the trip, I presented a quest lecture for Purdue's most popular course - Wine Appreciation.
Joining me were Dr. Christian Butzke and Professor Jill Blume. 360 students filled the hall, and, yes, they were all at least 21 years old, (although, it was hard to tell just by looking!). This class offers a well-rounded education on wines of the world followed up with a tasting.
Tuesday night I hosted a winemaker dinner at the Indigo Duck in Franklin. Fantastic venue and an amazing chef! Wednesday was all about meeting with restaurant beverage buyers and preaching the word of Kokomo Wines. The following day it was on to the next wine dinner in Bloomington (aka, "Enemy Territory") at Restaurant Tallent. David and Kristen Tallent are passionate and successful restauranteurs - David is the head chef and Kristen is the pastry chef and front house manager. I am thrilled to see that the wine and food culture in my home state is growing leaps and bounds! Truly exciting to see it on par with what's happening around the nation.
Friday marked the third Boilermaker Ball where Kokomo Wines were served exclusively at this elegant black tie affair. Saturday, I was able to catch my breath and put my feet up for a spell as it was family day! Sunday evening came around and I hosted yet another winemaker dinner. This one took place at the Kokomo Country Club and was a benefit for Project Access. It was great to have Kokomo's mayor, Greg Goodnight, join us for this special evening. The week concluded with a guest lecture at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management. It was an honor to present my story to these aspiring entrepreneurs. The focus of my presentation was about the power of relationships in business.
There is nothing quite like a journey home. Sights, smells, familiar faces, landscapes and old friends, all of these elements conjure up happy memories and feelings of deja vu from a place where you were born and raised. Many thanks to all the folks who attended my dinners and to Purdue for the ongoing support, collaboration and keen interest.
See you next year.
Erik Miller / Winemaker