Chief Wine Officer (Wine Jobs: Wine Retail & Sommelier)

Full Time

  California Wine Exchange

  Los Angeles, California


New startup concept in wine retail/hospitality is seeking a Chief Wine Officer.

The California Wine Exchange is offering a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a venture that is looking to change the game for wine consumers, and we seek a leader that can be an integral part of shaping that vision.

The California Wine Exchange is a retail/hospitality hybrid concept that offers patrons tastings, wine by the glass, and by the bottle in a casual but sensory engaging environment in urban & suburban areas.

The right candidate will be able to write their own ticket if you can accept the following: 1) you will be required to be part of investor presentations, and 2) you understand that this is a non-salaried position until we begin operations. If you can work with that, you will not be an employee...but a fully-fledged partner with ownership, profit sharing, and of course, a salary. However, the real reward will be the opportunity to separate yourself from the pack and create your legacy in the world of wine.



-Training & continued education of all management and employees in knowledge of wine & viticulture.

-Develop & oversee tasting programs and events for multiple CWE locations.

-Seek & develop new relationships with vintners & winemakers throughout California.

-Procurement of inventory.

-Develop & oversee wine club selections, operations, and fulfillment.

-Travel throughout California to cultivate relationships with winemakers.

-Consult on hiring location managers.

-Work with CEO on ongoing evolution of our strategic vision.

-Work with our Marketing Manager to promote macro & micro marketing opportunities.

-Create content for social media.

-Be our primary ambassador.


Candidates should possess the following qualities:

-A passion for wine.

-A Positive Mental Attitude amongst subordinates and peers alike.

-Exceptional business acumen: people skills, employee relationships, inventory, expenses, negotiations, etc.

-Project management skills to oversee execution of multiple tasting programs at multiple locations.

-WSET and/or CMS certification.

-Extensive experience in one or more of the following: hospitality, tasting room management, Direct-to-Consumer sales, and/or retail sales ...all with verifiable track record.

-Understanding of the Three-Tier System, and comprehensive knowledge of buying direct from winemakers.

-Exceptional knowledge of viticulture, California wine, California AVAs & sub-AVAs (official and unofficial).

-Existing relationships with vintners, winemakers, wholesalers, and brokers.

-Willingness to travel up & down California.

-Ability to lift & carry 50lbs (yes, you may very well still have to roll up your sleeves from time to time).


Desired Candidate Attributes:

-A preference to “share” their wine knowledge rather than “teach.” There is a difference.

-Inspires those around her or him.

-Adaptability, capability and willingness to take on more that you think you can.

-Others refer to you as a “natural leader.”

-A love for California in general.

-A craving to leave your mark in the world of wine.


Up to $100k

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