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To contact Rebecca Chapa email chapz@earthlink.net or call 415 378-1674

11 responses

11 02 2009
Michelle Twardowski

Rebecca,
I am so impressed with you!! I can not wait for the day when we can sit down and share a glass of wine together.
Michelle

19 02 2009
Aidan Sciandra

Hello –

I would like firstly like to say that I have enjoyed reading your blog over the past couple of months, and I think that your content is great. I am working on a wine related project, and I would love to send you some information on it, but I could not find an email address. Thank you in advance for your consideration, and keep up the great work!!

Aidan

3 04 2009
Nina S.

Rebecca:
I am a wine broker, and am having a devil of a time with my sinuses/taste abilities. It’s been going on for over a year, and while I have seen an ENT (2 actually, over a 2 year period) neither was experienced in the wine business. I am wondering if there is actually an “otolaryngologist to the sommeliers” here in the LA area. it’s not something that comes up on the Cedars-Sinai site, for example.

Odd request, perhaps, but as I am taking my first level somm in May (to aid me in my work, not necessarily to become a somm) it would be great if I could actually distinguish the wine in the tasting portion!

Thanks for any advice or referrals, someone must know of a great ENT out there who is not prescribing steriods…
-Nina

6 04 2009
rebeccachapa

Nina,

Sorry to say that I don’t have much experience with that, but I know some of my friends actually do.

Try to reach out for a friend of mine who was in my tasting group, Angela http://www.spotteddoggraphics.com/

Good luck with the test! Another thing to try is a netti pot, you can get them at health food stores and they help clear out your nasal passages with saline.

R

12 04 2010
Tom Bettencourt

Hi Rebecca!

We met at the NSAI event. I’m the guy with the Fishing Songs…do you have an address that I can send the CD? I believe I recall your husband was a big bass fishing fan…he will nejoy it!

Very best regards,

Tom Bettencourt

14 04 2010
rebeccachapa

Hey Tom! Great to hear from you, actually you gave me the CD at the conference, excited to blog about the NSAI Spring Training conference soon. I really liked song #4 (can’t remember offhand the name) and although my husband is not exactly a fishing fan I am sure he will enjoy it too. Cheers! Stay in touch.

1 06 2010
mike

loved your blog! keep up the good work.

17 01 2011
John Kane

I saw your column in State College PA tourist publication. I thought you might be a so called local expert, but seems you are a real rock star in the World of Wine but, call it a feeling, I don’t think you a wine snob.

If you ever come to PA I would love to introduce you to some of my local favorites from wineries most people never heard of, but wow, PA folks know how to make some really great wines.

It would be an honor to show how deep the roots go in the state were William Penn introduce grapes to PA!

19 01 2011
rebeccachapa

Hey John!

Thanks for the note. I hope that if anyone ever calls me anything bad that wine snob would never be it, that would be my ultimate failure. The whole idea of Tannin Management (my consulting company) is to take the bitterness out of wine… My mother’s side of the family is from Pennsylvania, so I have ties there and would love to visit the wine region sometime, I am sure they are doing great things there (someone actually mentioned this to me just the other day).

Thanks for reading! Stay in touch.

Rebecca

25 05 2011
Yoon-hee Carswell

Hello Rebecca,

I am so glad that I found your web and blog site. I am very new at this wine rep. title and work with, ext.. I am not doing very good at getting an appointments with stores and restaurants. Today, I just typed (google) “how to be a good wine sales rep.?” and your web was one of many. I really need lots of help and I am also esl speaker, so my non-native English speaking does not help. I really love wine and everything comes with it. What can I do?
Thanks.

1 12 2011
rebeccachapa

Hi Yoon-hee,

It’s not the easiest job that’s for sure! I think the best thing you can do is to be sincere, that is very appreciated. Some tips are to be patient yet persistent and get to know the buyer, some will want you to drop in with a bag others will ask you to make appointments, find out what they prefer. Take notes on what you pour for them so that you can follow up later and also be sure that you do not bring them the same thing over and over if they do not like it! Also it’s useful to really get to know their program. I cannot tell you how many reps who used to sell me wine would have no clue what my wine list contained. Many of them did not know my menu either. I think spending some time in the account is often appreciated. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money but sitting at the bar and grabbing an appetizer and a glass of wines shows you are investing in getting to know the program, study the list, ask questions, get to know the bartender. All these things can be really helpful! Of course you should also know what you are selling so study hard and get to know the products you are working with. Good luck and keep at it! The passion you have for wine is the first step, now it just takes a little time and perseverance and you should do great.

Rebecca

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