East Coast Sales Manager, Schug Carneros Estate Winery

Greenville, SC

Participating In: Indulging in the Narrative

A Lowcountry South Carolina native, John grew up playing sports, fishing and hunting with his family.  You know what they say, “Give a boy a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.”

John attended the University of South Carolina to study the Hospitality Industry.  He took a class in Country Club Management and fell in love with the concept of food and wine pairings.  While interning at Forest Lake Club in Columbia, he took on tasting with wine reps to help build the club’s wine list.  Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and a specialty in Country Club Management in 2002, John went straight to work in white table cloth restaurants as a front and back of the house manager.  To spend more time with his family, John went to selling wine in the distribution channel in 2005.  He fell in love with growing small family owned wineries’ distribution by telling their stories and gaining relationships with wineries.  This is how John met Axel and Walter in 2006.

Axel and John shared the same passion of fishing as well as food and wine pairing.  After a trip chasing redfish on the fly in Charleston, a friendship/partnership was born.  John came to work directly for the Schug family in 2015 to grow distribution and relationships on the eastern seaboard.  When he is not selling wine, you can find him with a fly rod in hand with his dad or Axel, to cook his catch for his wife, Elaine, and their daughter, Chloe.