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I am NJSomm, one of the best resources to learn about the great wines produced in New Jersey that YOU haven't tried yet!
MY LIGHT BULB MOMENT
Discovering my great uncle made a career of working in fine dining and wine service at one of the most storied restaurants in NYC: 21 Club! I looked at the wine list he put together and became inspired to forge my own path in this industry.
I do it all for the grape! I've worked in the wine industry since 2008 and haven't looked back since; I started humbly stocking shelves in a liquor store and worked my way up to online sales and Bordeaux Futures. Then liquor/wine wholesale was calling me which I did for 6 years from the smallest of distributors up to the state's largest. All these experiences would prove very useful because shortly thereafter I had the opportunity to open up a liquor store and restaurant of my own design, Atlantic City Bottle Co. & The Iron Room. Additionally, I sit on the panels of the Governor's Cup Wine Judging for New Jersey's and Pennsylvania's competitions and maintain a wine column for The Press of Atlantic City called, "Reading Between the Wines" and will soon start contributing to the "Wine Journal", a quarterly publication put out by the American Wine Society. I'm the co-chair for a regional chapter headquartered in Atlantic County, NJ of this organization; my group is called the South Jersey Wine Friends where we meet monthly to share great wines and grow wine appreciation in our market. Lastly, a big effort of mine has been promoting my state's wine industry; recently, I've become a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and the Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association to connect with others who produce, distribute and have a mutual love of the great wines produced here.