To say that Phil Altherr has lived wine for most of life is not an over-statement. Raised in Ohio, he moved to Maryland in the late 1980s, and landed a job in a restaurant. Not knowing much about wine or spirits, he began a crash course of study. Upon turning 21, he was promoted to manager and alcohol purchaser for the hotel for which he worked. With 20 years in the food and beverage industry, doing literally everything—catering, cooking, serving, education and purchasing—Phil found a passion for wine and food and the art of pairing the two.
Phil made the jump to retail in 2007, and found a home, furthering his wine education by frequent visits to California wine country—visiting scores of wineries in Napa and Sonoma, working a harvest on Spring Mountain, and attending Premiere Napa Valley auctions. He has also tasted at wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Phil also received his certification as a Bordeaux Educator (in Bordeaux!) and was named a “Master Cheese Professional” by the Artisanal Cheese Center in New York City.