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 what a learning experience it was thanks to a great teacher. I’ve got a growing collection of wines going and started wine certification 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 present job as a local Specialty Buyer [beer and wine] for Whole Foods Market. Who knew I would have such a calling. Check out the 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.
Oh what a ride. Continued wine studies and certifications led me to become an 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 and coffee bar and the approximate 17 team members that it takes to run such an operation.