My great niece, Miss Haley Michelle Swanson who recently turned 10 was visiting from South Carolina a few weeks ago and was very excited to help with dinner on our outdoor patio.
As she eagerly helped to set the table, she had an order pad in her Bernards Inn logo chef’s jacket. As our 6 guests were seated, Miss Haley went to each guest and took orders including drinks, salad dressing choices, temperature of meats, etc. Haley loves to play restaurant, and pay attention to everything that pertains to the business. I have trained her to do the “show and tell” of wine service, and it was so heart warming to see her bring a bottle of wine to the table while presenting it to one of our guests: she carried the wine gentle like a baby, stated the name of the wine followed by appellation, and vintage. No, she didn’t actually open the wine, but yes, she was so excited to pour the wine including the twisting of the bottle to prevent dripping. After pouring all the guests, she took my glass and showed our guests how to swirl, and sniff. Upon sniffing the wine, I asked her what she smelled and her comment was “I smell berries and chocolate”. Wow, this I did not tell her!
When Haley returned home to South Carolina where her mother is a drill Sgt in the Army, her mom and dad took Haley and her brother Nick out to dinner. Her dad had ordered a glass of red wine, and upon arrival of the wine, Haley took the wine to show her parents how to swirl and smell. While she was smelling the wine, the server came running over to the table stating “you can’t drink that!” Haley’s parents laughed and told the server she was showing them all she learned about wine and wine service. So there you have it, the love of my life, Miss Haley may be the next young generation wine professional.