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.
Teddy Parkinson has been Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits’ key event planner for more than eight years and has over thirty-five years of experience. Having overseen thousands of events, Teddy is known to be one of the best event planners in the industry. He can help you with parties, dinners, graduations, fundraisers, weddings, wakes, boat and yacht outings, bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate events, or just about any reason to have a good time.