Spotlight on wine: Meet Gina
March 10, 2011 by zupansmarkets
This week we talked with Gina, our resident wine expert at our Burnside store. She knows her wine and loves talking about it.
Zupan’s: Tell us about your experience in the wine industry and what makes you a wine expert.
Gina: I grew up in a military family that traveled the world. I developed a passion for the wines and foods of the countries that I lived and visited. I’ve now worked in the wine business for 20 years in all facets including wholesale, distribution, retail, and even managing restaurants. I just celebrated my one year anniversary working for Zupan’s and before that, worked as a Distributor Manager for the Moet Hennessy portfolio of wine and spirits.
What are some of your top favorite wines right now?
Gina: I LOVE Rosé! And you will see several in our department throughout the year. A sure sign that spring is around the corner is the new Domaine Serene Rosé. The blend is exquisite (Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah) and the package is sexy! Come check it out. ($35)
So next time you’re in our Burnside store, be sure to stop in and talk to Gina, then stop by our cheese department and ask one of our cheesemongers for a recommendation on the perfect pairing. From the curious to the connoisseur, we’ve got something for everyone!
Another of my favorites right now is the Catherine Breton Vouvray La Dilettante. I enjoy the minerality and the balance of this wine. Chenin Blanc aromas of lime and quince are captivating, as is the perfect balance and freshness on the palate. It’s alive and it’s remarkable. I have dreams about this wine! ($23)