World Class Wines opened in 2009, when founder Rick Baldwin left the mortgage-banking industry after 36 years to pursue his passion for wine. At the time, he had amassed roughly 5,000 bottles in his personal collection. This let him build a shop with great breadth and depth, including vintages from around the world. While most of the wines here are currently in production and available from a range of distributors, occasionally a bottle from Rick’s personal collection will make it to the store for a special event
Rick describes himself as a “street sommelier” — 40 years of tasting, buying, and learning about wine have left him with a unique gift for his customers and club members: the ability to point them in the direction of their next favorite bottle of wine. “If they tell me a wine that they like, I can usually nail their ‘sweet spot’,” Rick says. World Class Wine’s wine club is based on this principle: club members describe the kinds of wine they like, and Rick selects new-to-them bottles that fit the profile of their existing favorites. The store’s unique inventory includes wines from the $10-$15 range, all the way up to exotic cult wines from some of the world’s most sought-after wineries.
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