After 28 years of thinking about taking a wine class I finally acted on it about four years ago. I attended monthly classes for 2 years through Total Wine and More and thanks to a great teacher what a learning experience it was. I’ve got a growing collection of wines going and completed wine certification [WSET] programs available through local universities and hospitality programs. A hobby became a career. Certification led to a job as a Wine Steward for a national grocery store chain. This, in turn, led to my job as a local Specialty Buyer [beer and wine] for Whole Foods Market. Who knew I would have such a calling.
Oh what a ride. Continued wine studies and certifications led me to become a Specialty Associate Team Leader in 2016 followed in 2017 by becoming the local Amazon/Whole Foods Specialty Team Leader. In this role I now oversee not only the wine department but also beer, cheese, coffee juice and coffee bar and the approximate 17 team members that it takes to run such an operation.
Check out the previous updates below in chronological order.
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April 2012 – UPDATE:
May 2012 – UPDATE II;
June 2012 – UPDATE III:
I am honored to have been chosen by community blogger site WalkedThru to be their Wine Walker through my blog Whine and Cheers for Wine.
July 2012 – UPDATE IV:
Spreading my wine gospel – I’ve been asked to come on board as a contributor to Bargain Wine Time, a web-site specializing on economically priced wines along with wine tid-bits for all.
October 2012 – UPDATE V:
I have been assigned the position of Interim Winn-Dixie Liquor Store Manager/Director for a self standing liquor store in Miramar Florida adding spirits to my repertoire. Responsibilities include; sales, purchasing, receiving and my favorite; dealing directly with customers about spirits, wine and beer.
April 2013 – UPDATE VI:
Whole Foods Market here I come! I have been offered and accepted the position of Specialty Beverage Buyer for Beer and Wine. Careful what you wish for! Check it out here.