Episode 393 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently and features Haley Moore, who is the Wine and Spirits Director for the Stock & Bones Company, a restaurant group with California locations in San Francisco and Oakland, as well as an Oregon spot in Portland.
Haley Moore took charge of her first San Francisco wine program at the age of 23, and ten years later she now runs several in that city, as well as others in the East Bay and Portland, Oregon. So what are the differences between those? Haley is clear that the East Bay appreciates a new find, while in Portland the diners steer clear of California Pinot in favor of the local alternative. She also points out the increasing challenge to wine sales presented by cocktails and craft beer, and she examines how the sommelier teams and sommelier mentors who used to be a big part of San Francisco wine scene are now in short supply. What have been the challenges in her own career? How does she find the right balance for each wine list? In this interview, Haley presents answers to those questions, as well as her own thoughts about making it in the wine business as a parent.
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I’ll Drink to That is the world’s most listened-to wine podcast, hosted by Levi Dalton. Levi has had a long career working as a sommelier in some of the most distinguished and acclaimed dining rooms in America. He has served wine to guests of Restaurant Daniel, Masa, and Alto, all in Manhattan. Levi has also contributed articles on wine themes to publications such as The Art of Eating, Wine & Spirits magazine, Bon Appetit online, and Eater NY. Check out his pictures on Instagram and follow him on Twitter: @leviopenswine