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!
O’Brien’s “Last Chance” Holiday Wine Tasting and Sale!
Saturday, December 16 2:00pm – 4:00pm
$15.00 per person
Join us in the wine department for a tasting that will feature 15 premium Cabernets, Chardonnays, and other fine wines. Take advantage of a one time special discount. A number of other wines will be on sale during the tasting. Note Special time!!!!!
WINES OF WASHINGTON STATE
“A Northwest Sampler”
Thursday, January 4 thru Sunday, January 7 2:00pm – 5:00pm (Thursday 4:00pm – 7:00pm)
$5.00 per person
Washington continues to receive accolades for their whites and reds. Most of the wine grapes grown in the state come from the western part of the state resulting in immensely concentrated wines.
WINES OF BURGUNDY
“France’s Most Famous Wine Region”
Thursday, January 11 thru Sunday, January 14 2:00pm – 5:00pm (Thursday 4:00pm – 7:00pm)
$10.00 per person
For centuries the region of Burgundy has been celebrated as one of the most heralded wine regions in the world as well as the most expensive. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the players here and we will feature several distinctive but moderately priced finds from the region including Beaujolais.
“Wines That Are All Mixed Up”
Friday, January 18 thru Sunday, January 21 2:00pm – 5:00pm
$5.00 per person
Some of the most interesting wines are a result of skillful blending to create more complex flavors. Syrah and Zinfandel have become prominent contributors. So we’ll taste some wines that mix it up.