Aug 14 2008
Don Sritong – Corporate Sommelier & Managing Partner of Just Grapes
Don Sritong has always had an extreme passion for wine, growing up in Northern California and attending the University of California-Davis, making his dedication to a career as a sommelier a reality in 1992. With over 15 years experience as a corporate sommelier at wineries like Kendall-Jackson, Kobrand Corporation and Constellation Brands, Don has represented wineries from all over the world including the United States, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Italy, France, South America and Portugal. Don worked diligently facilitating wine education programs at restaurants and hotels, ultimately achieving the coveted certification level of Court of Master Sommelier in 2003. Don feels that wine education should be simple, fun and functional. In his role as corporate sommelier at Just Grapes, Don provides succinct, relevant information that can be utilized in the real world. Don’s idea to become a corporate sommelier started after he realized how many business deals are conducted in restaurants and how many corporate employees could effectively use education on wine. Therefore, in 2004, Don started Just Grapes as a means for teaching people basic, useful information about how to select the right wine for every event; whether it is a food pairing, a business dinner or home entertaining. With his corporate wine seminars offering unparalleled wine expertise and consultation in a lively and fun atmosphere, Don lives by the idea that “the best wine for you is the one you like best.” Satisfied clients include Harris Bank/BMO, AOL, Accenture, Cosmopolitan, GE, Google, Jones Lang LaSalle, Kraft, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, PepsiCo, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Sara Lee, Starbucks, Symantec and Zurich.