I love wine. And through the years I always thought I knew what I needed when it came to the almighty grape.
How wrong I was.
It took me getting into the wine business to learn that I had much to learn … but that I knew enough to make this a profitable occupation.
My partner and I own Sommelier Wine Cellar, an independent wine company partnered with Wine Shop At Home.
We host professional wine tastings, have a wine club rated in the top 4% in the world, sell personalized wines that’s particularly attractive for special occasions and businesses, as well as some of the best wines in the world exclusively from Napa Valley.
It’s the perfect business for us. Why, because our newfound knowledge of wine has opened a new world to sell Sommelier Wine Cellar Vacations by Allure Quest Travel Experience.
Huh? That’s right! As travel agents we have access to any wine-related vacation you can think of … to any region of the world.
There are ocean and river cruises – with excursion to vineyards, direct access to the ship’s sommeliers as well as lectures onboard and in port – plus a wealth of land tours to Europe, the United States, the Caribbean and elsewhere.
Two particularly eye-opening tours are a private, personalized and chauffeured tour for two through France’s famed wine country, and another to Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, known for it’s award-winning wines.
The great thing about wine is that it stirs passion. I never knew how involved people were about it until Sommelier Wine Cellar was created. It also helps that the wine business has put us in contact with higher caliber clients, which has helped Allure Quest Travel Experience … even for travel not wine related.
I’ve always felt that cheap vacations aren’t necessarily the best value. And now I’m in contact with people who understand that as well as I do.
I’m obviously in the business to make money, but I still want my clients to get the absolute best they can based on the funds they have.
After all, wine and money mix very well.