Tom initiated his passion for foods and the restaurant business in the mid-1970s when he worked at several highly regarded regional restaurants while attending college in New England.
As an adjunct instructor in the Columbia College Culinary Arts program for the past 40 years, Tom currently teaches Intro to Wines; Restaurant Dining Room Management; and Beverage Management classes. His wine training has included a number of trips to California wine regions and classes at UC Davis as well as extensive wine related trips to Europe.
In 2006 he joined the O’Brien’s Market team and came on board to manage their wine department and wine bar at their store on Dale Road in Modesto where he offers a non-intimidating approach to customer service and wine education!
Although our wine tasting and our selection is the largest at Dale Rd location, we can easily stock your favorites at any location! Just let us know what you are looking for and if we can get it, we will. Tom regularly stocks the best and popular choices at our other locations limited spaced wine sections.
Come enjoy wine tasting at O’Brien’s Market at the following events!
WINES OF BORDEAUX
“France’s Premier Wine Region”
Thursday, March 1 thru Sunday, March 4 2:00pm – 5:00pm (Thursday 4:00pm – 7:00pm)
$10.00 per person
We’ll taste wines from one of France’s most distinguished regions, as we explore regional blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot from the right and left bank and then finish with a wonderful Sauterne.
WINES OF THE SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
Thursday, March 8 thru Sunday, March 11 2:00pm – 5:00pm (Thursday 4:00pm – 7:00pm)
$5.00 per person
The Santa Lucia Highlands sits inland in Monterey County but takes advantage of the cool breezes from the Pacific. We’ll sample Pinot Noir and Chardonnay along from this heralded area.
“Big Red Country”
Thursday, March 15 thru Sunday, March 18 2:00pm – 5:00pm (Thursday 4:00pm – 7:00pm)
$5.00 per person
A well established appellation located in northern Sonoma County, the valley is best known for it warmer climate reds, in particular its Cabernets and Zinfandels.