Don Sritong
  • 39, Male
  • Chicago, Il
  • United States
  • Just Grapes
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Title
Corporate Sommelier
Company
Just Grapes
Website
http://www.justgrapes.net
Twitter Handle
boothbee!$%
Interests
Discovering new wines, Networking
Personal Quote
"The best wine for your is the wine you like best!"
Biography
Don Sritong - Corporate Sommelier & Managing Partner
Don Sritong has always had an extreme passion for wine, growing up in Northern California and attending the University of California-Davis, making his dedication to a career as a sommelier a reality in 1992. With over 15 years experience as a corporate sommelier at wineries like Kendall-Jackson, Kobrand Corporation and Constellation Brands, Don has represented wineries from all over the world including the United States, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Italy, France, South America and Portugal. Don worked diligently facilitating wine education programs at restaurants and hotels, ultimately achieving the coveted certification level of Court of Master Sommelier in 2003. Don feels that wine education should be simple, fun and functional. In his role as corporate sommelier at Just Grapes, Don provides succinct, relevant information that can be utilized in the real world. Don's idea to become a corporate sommelier started after he realized how many business deals are conducted in restaurants and how many corporate employees could effectively use education on wine. Therefore, in 2004, Don started Just Grapes as a means for teaching people basic, useful information about how to select the right wine for every event; whether it is a food pairing, a business dinner or home entertaining. With his corporate wine seminars offering unparalleled wine expertise and consultation in a lively and fun atmosphere, Don lives by the idea that “the best wine for you is the one you like best.” Satisfied clients include Harris Bank/BMO, AOL, Accenture, Cosmopolitan, GE, Google, Jones Lang LaSalle, Kraft, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, PepsiCo, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Sara Lee, Starbucks, Symantec and Zurich.

Don's role as Corporate Sommelier focuses on facilitating all corporate event wine tasting on and off site. He manages the client services and specializes in wine cellar consultations. Don believes wine education should be simple, fun and functional. He focuses on providing succinct useful information that you can take away and apply in the real world. His seminars are informative, lively and fun! His past clients include Harris Bank/BMO, AOL, Accenture, Cosmopolitan Magazine, GE, Google, Jones Lang LaSalle, Kraft, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, PepsiCo, Price, Waterhouse, Coopers, Sara Lee, Starbucks, Symantec and Zurich.
Years in the Industry
15+

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At 11:44am on January 30, 2009, Don Sritong said…
I recently attended a 2006 Vintage Tasting of Bordeaux Wines at the Palmer House. Many stand-out producers were in attendance and, as always, it’s a rare and welcome opportunity in my world to get to taste a large number of wines – in a row - from the same appellations. This led me to brush up a bit on the Bordeaux basics, which I thought I’d share with you now.

As someone who has interviewed over the years with various companies for a range of positions in the wine industry, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “Which grapes make up the world-famous Bordeaux blends?” What they’re really saying, though, when they ask this question is, “If she doesn’t know this, she doesn’t know jack!”

So, to spare you from this potentially embarrassing blunder, I have listed those grapes below along with a brief description of what each adds, in general, to the wine. Know it and learn it, people. (Note: the first 5 comprise red blends and the last 3 make up white blends.)

• Cabernet Sauvignon: produces moderate yields of quality tannic wines with a characteristic blackcurrant aroma when fully ripe
• Cabernet Franc: gives bigger yields than Cabernet Sauvignon, but has less body and overall finesse
• Merlot: produces a medium yield of moderately tannic wine; adds softness, richness and body to the blend
• Malbec: mainly used in softer, more approachable red blends that don’t require aging
• Petit Verdot: plays a minor role in a blend; mainly used to add tannin, color and spicy notes
• Sémillon: most widely planted white grape variety; it gives wines with golden color and lots of body
• Sauvignon Blanc: produces wines with distinct vegetal, grass and elderflower aromas and high acidity; unlike other grapes, 100% Sauvignon Blanc wines are produced in Bordeaux
• Muscadelle: distinctive grapey flavor; plays a minor role in sweet wines

Hopefully that was useful information. It will at least get you to Question #2 in your interview, but then you’re on your own.




(Source: Exploring the World of Wines and Spirits, Christopher Fielden, in association with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust)
At 3:20pm on May 23, 2008, Don Sritong said…
I participated in a Podcast today with Jim Grillo of hereischicago.com. Our topic focus was Grilled Food & Wine. Check out what we had to say. Do you guys have any favorite pairings?



At 5:41am on May 21, 2008, Don Sritong said…
At 5:39am on May 21, 2008, Don Sritong said…
At 8:15pm on May 20, 2008, Andy Swingley said…
Hello Don! Welcome to the Network!

Check out the Leadership group on the front page. It is a very active group with lots of leadership best practices currently being posted. The group is currently having a contest for the person who posts the "Best" best practice. Details can be found in the group in the $100 and 10,000 points discussion!

Feel free to join and participate and again Welcome! I hope you get as much from this site as I do
At 9:29am on May 20, 2008, Don Sritong said…
Hi Don,

I'm glad you've joined our community. Our visitors are from over 100 countries and all interested in communicating and connecting. Check out our Rewards Program where you earn stock in FohBoh as you participate. There are hundreds of groups to join, discussions to take part in and blogs to read, as well as many great photos and videos to check out. If you have questions our FAQ doesn't cover, please don't hestitate to contact me.

Diane Cohn
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At 9:29am on May 20, 2008, Don Sritong said…
Hi Don,

Welcome to FohBoh! We are the leading social-business network for the global restaurant industry and growing fast. Thanks for joining.

Michael L. Atkinson
CEO | Co-Founder, FohBoh
At 9:20am on May 20, 2008, Don Sritong said…
Hi Don,

I'm glad you've joined our community. Our visitors are from over 100 countries and all interested in communicating and connecting. Check out our Rewards Program where you earn stock in FohBoh as you participate. There are hundreds of groups to join, discussions to take part in and blogs to read, as well as many great photos and videos to check out. If you have questions our FAQ doesn't cover, please don't hestitate to contact me.

Diane Cohn
VP Community Development, FohBoh
At 9:20am on May 20, 2008, Don Sritong said…
Hi Don,

Welcome to FohBoh! We are the leading social-business network for the global restaurant industry and growing fast. Thanks for joining.

Michael L. Atkinson
CEO | Co-Founder, FohBoh
 
 
 

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