There are many valuable things to be learned during the course of one’s time at business school. And my vicarious experience of this place over the past two years has been fabulous. Not to mention… so much fun. I have countless happy memories, but if I had to pick a favorite lasting legacy, it would be those ladies wine nights.
When we first got to the b-school, I quickly realized that the other “partners” (the term used to refer to the wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, fiances, etc. of actual students) were a wonderful group of people with a myriad of talents and interests. We also quickly realized that one of our most notable common denomenators was a love of vino. Naturally.
We even formalized our mutual passion into a society. The name: Hintof (I mean, we obviously came up with it after a few glasses, but pretty clever I think). The rules: pick a location, designate a theme if desired (sparkling, desserty, international, whatever), everyone shows up with a concealed bottle whose name is written down on the master sheet, and the blind tasting begins (along with semi-coherent note-taking that consists of more smiley faces than actual words).
A couple hours later, the big reveal. And discovering whether or not you correctly guessed the identity of any of what you’ve imbibed. Yes, at this point, we’ve each effectively consumed a bottle of wine. So it always seems like a good idea to break into the hostess’s backup wines, consume a wheel of brie cheese and an entire batch of gluten-free cookies, choreograph cheerleading moves… You get the idea.
Man, I will miss those nights. But now that all those lovely ladies are spreading out across the country (and the world), I look forward to our future encounters– and of course, to bringing them a bottle of wine. The perfect reunion gift. Heck… the perfect anything gift. In my ranking of favorite things, wine and quilts are way up there– so a quilted wine bag? It only makes sense.