Scott Teruya, Proprietor
A certified sommelier and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Scott is passionate about food and wine. This passion was awakened while living on a vineyard in the Napa Valley as one of the opening Chef’s at the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant, in St. Helena, CA. His experience includes 15 years in fine dining as a restaurant General Manager, Beverage Director and Sommelier. During his tenure as the General Manager at Pinot Provence Restaurant at South Coast Plaza was rated the #1 Zagat rated restaurant in Orange County. He has been a contributor to Wine and Spirit Magazine, co-host of CRN’s “What’s Cooking” show, a panelist at the Monterey Wine Festival and has appeared in South Coast Magazine, and on CBS TV. Scott has traveled extensively to most of the important wine regions around the world.
Raul Torres, Manager, Specialty Beer Buyer
A Southern California native, Raul brings with him over 15 years experience in retail management and as a Craft beer and specialty foods buyer for both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market. His expertise includes, craft beer, whiskey and Gourmet foods. This expertise is built by visiting numerous breweries, meeting and tasting with brew masters for over 8 years. As our beer specialist, Raul tastes through hundreds of beers then hand selects the best in each category for our customers. He has his eye out for the latest IPA’s, seasonal craft beers and Bourbon barrel aged beers. His excellence in customer service and ability to educate our customers and staff on the growing Craft Beer scene is the foundation of our business. Raul runs our Beer of the Month program. Be sure to check the special offerings for Beer Club member.
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