2018 didn’t go according to plan.

It started in London accepting a wine award for Outstanding Achievement on my WSET Level 2 exam.

Upon return to states, Emily, my wife, and I moved from Chicago to Kansas City.

The wine opportunities in Kansas City were slim, but I made it work with freelancing for different wine businesses including DTC companies to wine product inventors.

Originally, I had planned to relaunch the Road to Wine Expert Summit in April. But life happened.

Building Momentum in 2018

Once I started planning my trip to Sonoma (as part of winning the Laithwaite’s prize), a whole new momentum started happening.

Opportunities continued to roll in for freelance work and I stumbled across a Marketing Manager opportunity at a wine storage company based in Saint Louis, MO.

Soon enough, I started working on a project which led to my new position as Marketing Manager.

A New Gig

I started full-time in July and lived a transient lifestyle with a crash pad in Saint Louis and my wife and dog back in Kansas City. The Monday morning and Friday evening commutes (4.5 hours!) weren’t ideal, but the job was satisfying.

In the middle of July, I went to Sonoma, and it was another transformative experience in wine.

And that got me thinking…how can I revitalize this summit.

Where does that leave us in 2019?

In short, The Road to Wine Expert Summit is becoming The Road to Wine Expert Podcast. The first episode goes live July 10, 2019.

I’ll be re-releasing old interviews with new introductions, creating follow-ups and building a platform for people in the wine industry.

Special thanks to Emily who continues to inspire me.

Enjoy the content and don’t forget to enjoy the wine.

Published by Brian McCann

Brian McCann started his wine journey out of luck, faith and confidence, and often times the complete opposite of all those things. Ultimately, he left his 9-to-5 and found himself in wine. His heartbreak grape is Syrah.

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