Gabrielle Walsh has made a career in food and wine, although she admits her introduction to the latter was memorable only for how bad it was.
As a child in Mississippi, she would watch cooking shows on public television and recalls seeing Julia Child use wine in one of her dishes. On a subsequent shopping trip, she convinced her mom to buy wine for a meal so she could imitate the author of “The French Chef.”
Looking back, it probably wasn’t the type of bottle Child would keep on hand to make her famed boeuf bourguignon.
“It was one of those cheap cooking wines you find in a supermarket,” she said with a chuckle. “I thought, ‘This is disgusting.’ That bottle is probably still sitting in my parents’ pantry.”