Rick W. Baldwin; Beloved Founder, Master Street Sommelier (MSS)
World Class Wines opened in 2009 in Lake Oswego as a family business, spearheaded by Rick Baldwin. After a 36-year career in mortgage banking, Rick left 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.
Tragically, we lost Rick to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in June 2017. Through his son Eric, and Eric's wife Jamie, the family business has recovered from the shock. Our family has been rebuilding the business in Rick's image.
WCW continues to seek growth through online sales, shop bottle sales, tasting flights and glass pours. We present Rick's longstandin love of wines and hope to share our knowledge and passion of wine vintages from around the world to our valued customers.