I sometimes shake my head in disbelief when I count the five decades I’ve been selling wine. Much has changed since I began, and much of it for the better. There’s greater diversity of styles, and the availability of what’s out there is staggering. Yet even with 50 years of experience, I still consider myself a student of the vine. Every year, every vintage opens up a new chapter to explore and discover. Not a day goes by when I don’t learn something new, either from grape growers, winemakers, my ultra-knowledgeable colleagues, or the savvy shoppers that visit our store.
Over the years, my interests in fitness and nutrition eventually have led me to organic viticulture and winemaking, while my spiritual side drew me to Biodynamic farming. If eating well is part of your daily regimen, so too should be choosing the right wine. I believe wine is an essential ingredient to good nutrition and one of life’s true pleasures. At the end of the day, if I am able to share my knowledge and offer practical advice that enhances the wonderful experience that good wine can offer, my personal mission has been fulfilled.