Learn How to Turn Your Love of Wine into a Hospitality Management Career

Imagine turning your weekend wine country trips and those TGIF tastings into a hospitality career you can love every day. Sound too good to be true? It's not, and you can get there by finding the right school of hospitality management.

Your Wine and Hospitality Career: Getting There

Wherever they work, hospitality management professionals can always use wine expertise to enhance their credentials. Whether it's full on sommelier training or a series of courses at hospitality management school, getting an education in wine provides the credentials that turn a hobbyist wine-lover into a career oenophile. In general, wine courses look at one of the major aspects of wine hospitality management:

  • Wine appreciation: Developing a sophisticated palate and learning about wine and food pairings contributes to your hospitality management expertise. Sommelier training is the ultimate in this facet of wine knowledge.
  • Wine merchandising: Understanding wine making and marketing is a very different aspect of hospitality management. Follow this path, and you might end up with a career that involves supervising wine investments.
  • Either path--or both--can paint you into a professional hospitality career as a wine expert.

Your Wine and Hospitality Career: Being There

Once you've achieved your position as a wine professional, you'll want to come home to the same wine amenities you're used to in your hospitality career. That means quality wine storage:

  • Wine Fridge: No self-respecting wine lover would subject an oaky chardonnay to the chill of the home refrigerator. The wine fridge keeps your whites at civilized temperatures. A great under-counter model will set you back about $1,800.
  • Wine Cellar: The ultimate for the home wine investor. You can have your own wine cave dug for as little as $150 per square foot!
  • Off-site Wine Storage: You wouldn't risk those investment quality wines you've collected over the course of your hospitality career to the vagaries of a home environment. If your money's in wine, your wine's better off in commercial storage.
  • An insider tip from Forbes magazine: Think wine has to be stored on its side? Think again. A quality cork should last a decade, says Richard Nalley, even in an upright position. But would a hospitality career professional like you break with tradition?


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