When I moved to Columbus in 2000, I started working for Alana’s Food and Wine as a dishwasher. It wasn’t too long until they switched me to salads and expo after seeing how little dishes I cleaned compared to how many people I’d talk to through out the night. This eventually led to my first sip of wine and I instantly fell in love.
I started working at a Wine Shop that same year and was offered a job in in the lab of Beringer Vineyards in Napa. In 2001 I packed all my things and left for California, needless to say, it was an unforgettable experience.
I moved back to Columbus a year later and started working for a man named Roger Gentile. He was that guy in front of a crowded room saying things that probably shouldn't be said in such a carefree way that drew people in, making it impossible not to fall in love with his boldness and charisma. He enjoyed his job while being fun and taught me an enormous amount about the wine business.
In 2005 I made the transition back to California and began working for Benchmark Wine Group buying and selling wine collections. Had a blast. Learned a lot. It was awesome.
Next adventure, Robert Sinskey Vineyards. I was giving tours and running tastings, giving people a robust experience that resulted in us being named “Best Tasting Room in Napa”.
I was the opening manager for Bin 38 and was awarded “Best Wine Bar in San Francisco” two years straight. I was there from 2007-2011 and left with the legendary nickname “corkscrew ninja”. It was a phenomenal time with 54 wines by the glass. I left there and began working for Mason Pacific, which is a very small, wine focused fine dining restaurant in Nob Hill, San Francisco. We had a staff of 4 sommelier’s with one bus boy and ran that place with ease.
If you couldn’t already tell, I love big cities. NYC was next on the hitlist and I found a job there working as a Sommelier with HPH in 2014. I had the time of my life working with the company and enjoyed the mouth watering food they had to offer.
If there is one thing I would say about my life, is that it’s a non-stop adventure that will never slow down. Traveling is great, however, it was time to bring my acquired skills back home to share my journey and abundance of wine knowledge with Columbus. This city is notorious for attracting successful people and the potential it has is endless. I’m excited to see what my wine expertise blossoms into and builds in this already beautiful growing city. Sharing knowledge and having a good time while simply running top of the line wine tastings and event planning is what I love and want to share with you. My name is James Ehrman, let’s talk wine.