First and foremost we love wine, we love discovering new wines and we love sharing our discoveries with you. Our passion for wine has led us around the globe, to hundreds of wineries and to taste thousands of wines (we estimate about 8,000 a year!) We have worked in restaurants and wine shops, with distributors and importers to soak up as much knowledge (and wine) as possible.
We taste every wine, learn its story and thoroughly debate its merits before the wine makes it onto our shelves and eventually into your glass. So really, it’s not about us, it’s about you. We look forward to getting to know you, your palate, what you’re interested in, or what will get you home with take-out still warm. There’s always something new to discover and we look forward to sharing with you.
In late October of 2008, I fulfilled a long held dream and purchased The Wine Bottega. From the first time I set foot in the shop, I felt that, like many of my favorite wines, there is a sense of history, tradition and specialness, that you can’t quite define, but just feels right. I’m often asked how I got started in wine, so here you go… As with many in this industry, I fell into wine by fortuitous accident. After graduating with a degree in Biology from Yale, I moved out to San Francisco to pursue a career in Public Health and somehow found myself as a baker at a Noe Valley café. This led to waiting tables and eventually restaurant management where I fell in love with wine, particularly educating others about wine. My first wine job was at Bare Cove Wine Annex in Hingham, MA and then on a whim I packed up for Australia to pursue a Masters in Wine Business at the University of Adelaide. After two wine drenched years down under (and a masters thesis on premium box wine), I returned to Boston and became the Veuve Clicquot Portfolio Manager and eventually worked as a salesperson for Classic Wine Imports. Despite fabulous evenings out and about drinking Champagne and schmoozing, the siren call of the wine shop was too strong and I spent two amazing years learning from the some of the best minds in the industry at Lower Falls Wine Co. in Newton, MA. Then one day, my phone rang and I heard The Wine Bottega was for sale….
For me wine is an outlet for passion. I like to think of myself as a relatively passionate person, one that is driven by what moves me. Growing up in southern Connecticut I was fortunate to have a family that was also passionate about what they do. The family business is a small rental bicycle shop in Cape Cod and from this I developed a great love for cycling and consequentially science. Attending the local Children’s School of Science in Woods Hole, I gained a strong curiosity for biology and hence followed that dream during my studies at St. Michaels College in Vermont earning my undergraduate focused on plant physiology. By this time in my life I had become a competitive cyclist even getting a chance to ride for the US National Development Team as a mountain biker. After four years of NCAA Nordic ski competition, which served as “off-season” training, I took my studies abroad and shipped off to my ancestral homeland of Italy where I gained a deep love and appreciation for language and culture, especially of the Italian sort! The rolling, rustic hills of Umbria became my home and Perugia my city. My heart has never returned. I, however, did return and found myself in Boston immersed in software development, a realm in which I had not seen myself before but learned much from. Soon I needed to return home, where my heart was…Italy. I spent another wonderful year working in Montepulciano, Tuscany leading cycling tours for a small Boston based company. What’s more my home base during this adventure was actually in Burgundy France, a place that truly changed the way I understood wine as well as met people that changed my conception of wine. It was serendipitous that day I walked into the Wine Bottega, I struck up a conversation and before you know it… I had found a new passion.
Like many of us, I had never dreamed that wine would be my future. I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where I received a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies and a Certificate of Applied Business from the Leeds School of Business. I didn’t know a thing about wine (except that I liked drinking it), but within two months of graduation I was managing my sister’s new business Cork Wine Bar & Market in Waterbury, Vermont. I learned the ins and outs of small business; from finance to staff education, and took great emphasis on exploring not only my own palate but our clienteles as well. After two amazing years in Vermont I decided to make the big move to Boston…so I called Matt and Kerri! And for now my story is to be continued…
Since an early age, Ryan has had a passion for food, wine, and all things that are associated with those. At age 2 he grew his first Marigold, at 5 was successful with growing beans, and at 7 he butchered his first chicken. After growing up in southern Maine he spent time at University of New Hampshire getting a degree in Hospitality Management and Ecogastronomy. EcoGas… what? A degree revolved around food and farms that required a four month study in Piedmont, Italy. This time abroad further cultivated his passion for wine and beer, and involved weekly trips around the country and continent dining and exploring the hidden treasures of old Europe.
Since then he has furthered his education cooking in kitchens and gathering wine knowledge for the past two years at The Wine Bottega. After spending so much time in Piedmont, naturally his favorite table wines are from this region (dolcetto, friesa, nebbiolo). Some of his new found favorites though come from the high mountains of Italy and France, (Savoie, Dolimites, Valle d’Aoste)