"WINE" Not Have An Event!
Join us for our FIRST In Person Chapter Meeting of 2021!
Learn some tips and tricks about wine tasting, pairing and
selling as well as tricks on how to host a
safe socially distanced event!
Still perfer Virtual? No problem, we have a Zoom option as well.
Marcus Kempkin, Wine Sommelier
Vice President - Free Run Juice
The greater Seattle area was where I called home for most of my life. Not knowing anything outside the state of Washington, much less the impending wine industry that was about to boom; I had the opportunity to move to the Coachella Valley after my family relocated. One of the first lessons I learned was the power of relationships. Building new friendships helped me see the love and devotion our fellow winery partners have for producing the products we so ever love to promote. I was fortunate and grateful to grow at a young age into the wine industry (much before it was hip to be a young sommelier ). My passion for family, food, and wine, all feed on what we do best. How we tell our story only assists in all our adventures. From handing out samples at Orange Julius when I was a teen to the dining floor of Sullivan’s Steakhouse, my wine career was set. During my tenure there I was able to attain level 2 certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Overseeing the wine program from Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Hideaway Golf Club, Indian Ridge Country Club and then opening the late 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro opened up my shot to the wholesale wine sales side of the business with Mosaic Wine Alliance. Quickly finding my footing, I was able to run the office, oversee the Palm Springs territory, focus on key accounts and then allowed to open up our chain retail division; growing the company to 23 sales reps. Spending the last 10 years assisting in all aspects of distribution and brand development, I am now the VP of Sales for Free Run Juice. I look forward to meeting you all next month!