We were lucky to snag Dan from our wine world competitors in 2008 to fill the role of Wine Manager. Did you know this unassuming gentleman brings 20 years of wine expertise to the table ? (Yep, he was pretty much formulating a wine career plan before he was born....) Dan is happily dedicated to selecting only the finest wines worthy of the BSFW’s community – at every price point. Of course, don’t let Dan’s more subdued nature fool you! When he’s not helping customers find their next adventure, tracking down their favorite bottle, or making recommendations for trips to wine country, he can be found playing the drums at some of Boston’s most noteworthy music venues. Yeah, bet you didn’t see that one coming!
When we were looking for someone to join our wine team in this role, we knew we needed someone with chutzpah and wine savvy. When we met Kate, we knew we found her immediately! With a strong restaurant background, Kate's interest in wine became a full-fledged passion while working at Best Bottles wine boutique on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Life's circumstance next took her to Mattituck, Long Island where she embraced the chance to work at an active vineyard and distillery, Shinn Estate Vineyards, and learn even more about organic, sustainable, and biodynamic growing techniques. Of course, Kate's not just all about wine... She is an avid professional wrestling fan! Yep. If you ever wanna talk wine & the WWE, She's all ears!
With 10 years of experience serving customers in retail and cafe settings throughout the Boston Metro Area, the charming and knowledgable Jacob, couldn't be a better fit to join the BSFW family! The former beer and wine buyer for City Feed and Supply, we found Jacob with some help from the General Manager of our sister store, Needham Center Fine Wine - Jeff Morin (another former City Feed employee). But don't get it twisted, Jacob's love for all things wine doesn't keep him from his other passions of craft beer drinking, baseball watching, and playing both drums and guitar. If you ever need assistance selecting the perfect bottle of wine or just want to "talk shop", this multi-talented gentleman is your man!
Nate is no newcomer to the ever-evolving, ever-growing, beloved Craft Brew universe. Born and raised in Colorado in the heart of the growing Craft Beer movement, Nate was sampling Belgian Style Tripels and IPA's long before they became so wildly popular. Of course Nate's affection and appreciation for all things artisanal make him a natural at the helm of our specialty spirits buying efforts! Just ask him about either of these genres and he'll wax poetic. If Nate's not taking things to the next level here at BSFW, he's likely drawing or has his head in a book! He spends much of his free time researching Brewing and fermentation, and sets out to homebrew once every week or two.
In 2012, Ophir officially joined the BSFW family as warehouse support. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to hone his craft beer knowledge, and retail savvy (all while working to complete his Masters Degree in Global Studies from Brandeis University). Ophir prides himself on being able to suggest the perfect beer pairing for any person, any season, any occasion and any meal! Did I mention, he is also the master of deliveries here at Ball Square; so, if you see our BSFW van hitting the streets - feel free to give him a honk! In his off hours, you'll most likely find him enjoying a beer and playing his guitar at any number of local Somerville bars.
Joe is the man behind the magic of our gorgeous and over-flowing cheese case, and expanded gourmet selection. Joe is a long-time Somervillian who has plied his trade at some of the finest gourmet shops in the Boston area. Each week he assembles a fantastic assortment of the finest cheeses, patés and caviar available. He is single-handedly transforming our cheese case into its own destination location. Catch him in person from 4:30pm-11pm Wednesday - Saturday. He's sure to help you make the perfect selection (and for those in the market, he might also be called upon to impart some of his own highly-sought men's fashion expertise)!
Jonathan is our go-to everything guy. He knows the inside and out of our full operation and always goes out of his way to make sure customers find what they so desire. You’ll often find Jonathan at the shop “holding court” talking the talking, if he's not submerged keeping us organized on the lower decks, updating our technology or running off to make deliveries. On days off, Jonathan can be found working his mojo on the (salsa) dance floor. Watch out!
Ball Square Fine Wines’ ever-present, jovial, if not salt-n-peppahd personality, Chris, is also a cigar and spirits afficionado and the shop's Greek wines guru. (Yes, if you didn’t know it yet, Ball Square boasts Massachusetts largest, most comprehensive portfolio of Greek wines; and it’s all Chris’ doing!) Chris has over 25 years experience in the retail and wine industry and has been humbly running a good portion of the show at Ball Square Fine Wines since 2001. He’s kind of like our resident "Sam", you know, from “Cheers”? But most exciting for staff and customers alike, it's Chris’ vision that's responsible for the shop’s impressive 2009 expansion and renovation. Stop on by! He’ll know your name soon enough.