Meet the gary's wine experts
As your trusted guides through the world of fine wine, gourmet grocery, and more, we are all about authenticity. Below is a peek behind the curtains at the experts who power the buying, selling, and merchandizing decision making at Gary’s Wine & Marketplace.
Brooke Sabel | Wine Director
Brooke Sabel has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Hospitality & Tourism Management. She also has certificates in Wine & Food Pairing from Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca, Spain and Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. She is currently the Wine Director of Gary’s Wine and Marketplace.
CHRIS POULOS, DIPWSET | WINE AND SALES DIRECTOR, ST. HELENA
Chris Poulos hails from Pleasanton, California, and has worked full-time on every side of the table in the wine trade since 2000, for North Berkeley Imports, Soter Vineyards, Vinum Importing & Distributing, and Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Spirits. He holds a double B.A. in English and Philosophy, Cum Laude, from University of Oregon and a WSET Level 4 Diploma with Merit. Chris has tromped all over the vineyards of not just California, but also France, Italy, Portugal, the Pacific Northwest, Chile, and Argentina. He is thrilled to bring passion, creativity, and experience to his role every day, and to share a career’s worth of discoveries with you. He lives here in St. Helena with his wife and young son.
John Jansma | Sommelier & Wine Specialist
John Jansma is a professional Sommelier who has worked with some of the top restaurant wine programs in New York and New Jersey including Del Posto, Ninety Acres, and Restaurant Serenade. John has immersed himself in wine studying through the Court of Master Sommeliers, learning from winemakers, and hosting a variety of tasting events with some of the most exciting personalities in the wine world. He is currently a wine specialist for Gary’s Wine & Marketplace.
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cesare martini | italian wine expert
Bi-lingual professional with over twenty years of experience in sales, category management, marketing, and communications. I specialize with international clients in the wine and spirits industry throughout Europe and the US. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Cattolica in Milan, Italy in 1996. I achieved the Sommelier certificate from AIS (Italian Association of Sommelier) in 1998. I spent over 10 years with the Bacardi-Martini Group, where my roles included sales (NKA) and marketing (Marketing and PR Manager). I joined Gary’s Wine Marketplace 4 years ago as a Category Manager and Buyer for the Italian wines and spirits. I continue cultivating my strong passion for wine and spirits, especially from Italy. I love to cook and pairing “my wines” with the delicious Italian cuisine. My ultimate goal is to always bring an unforgettable wine experience to our clientele.
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tom fiore | Wine Specialist
When wine became a passion for me when I was solely a consumer, I one day decided to try to get into the business. After taking classes at American Sommelier I networked my way into an opportunity with one of the largest distributors in New York City. There I earned my WSET 3 certificate, and while helpful in allowing me to understand those who are more knowledgeable, nothing compares to being in the business, talking to winemakers, winery owners, and sommeliers at various restaurants among many others I have met along the way. The best part is that there is still so much to learn! I have worked at the wholesale and now retail side of the business and have enjoyed the people I have met and the wines I have sold and tasted. Every day I come to work hoping to learn something new and then paying it forward.
gerard shirley | Wine Specialist
I’ve had a long time passion for wine, learning all I could while pulling corks in my leisure time. After a long career in Graphic Arts producing projects for Ad Agencies and Financial corporations, I finally decided to pursue my passion and switch careers over to the wine industry. Prior to joining Gary’s, I held a management/sales position with a Sonoma company primarily working with California winery clients on the East Coast. During this time, I began pursuing my wine education with the WSET in New York working to level 4 Diploma. I love wine from all over the world and the significance it plays in global culture and cuisine. Next time you come to Gary’s in Wayne, I’d love to walk you through our broad selection of wines or sample a taste with you!
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JAKE LEWIS | SOMMELIER & WINE SPECIALIST
Jake Lewis has been in restaurants his entire career. Since his time at the University of Houston’s Conrad N Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, he has been studying wine. Jake has worked with and written award-winning wine programs for over fifteen years. Before joining Gary’s Wine and Marketplace, he was the Beverage Director for the Momofuku restaurant empire. He led over a dozen programs and opened numerous restaurant concepts in the US and Canada. He has been studying for the last two portions of the Master Sommelier exam in his spare time, which he’s hoping to wrap up later this year.
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