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Local Man Follows His Dream: Wine

Scott Downs has entered a difficult arena

By Wes Marshall, 9:07AM, Mon. Mar. 25, 2013

We usually don’t profile wine importers or distributors because often they are just big, anonymous companies. But lately, we’ve run into a few intrepid entrepreneurs with small, specific wine portfolios worth checking out.


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One thing you can always count on with wine lovers is they are constantly trying to figure out a way they can join the business to spend time working with something they adore. So I thought it might be interesting to introduce you to a few undersized and understaffed operators, folks whose dream is carrying them into the scary arena with the multi-national giants, slugging it out for shelf space and inclusion on fancy wine lists.

One such wine gladiator is Scott Downs, who spent years selling medium priced homes in our local real estate market. He also loved food and wine and was always hoping that someday he could get his foot in the door of the wine business. He has an uncommon interest in Old World wines and has chosen a tasty portfolio of truly obscure selections. He even has the courage to bring in wines from areas that 99% of wine drinkers don’t even know exist. His pursuit is based on love and, as you’ll see, Scott is consumed with letting the world know about his discoveries.

This next part is for real wine and food lovers. We go deep in the vineyard, covering topics from temperature shipping to the definition of "grower Champagnes" and why Scott believes restaurants might want to pre-buy wines. Listen and he'll demonstrate how much he loves European wine. Scott’s company is World Wine Discoveries. There is a listing on the site that tells where his wines are available.

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