My affair with wine began much like a Puccini opera: I was flat broke and tubercular in a cold-water garret in a crumbling New York tenement in the early nineties, scratching out a living as a temp in a textbook publishing office. I lived on a diet of Snack Ramen and dust bunnies. Then, a part-time job at a wine store led me into the light—and steady employment. In the course of time, I became manager and buyer for the store; spent time in Chicago proctoring blind tastings for BTI (Beverage Testing Institute); wrote reviews and articles for Wine Enthusiast; taught innumerable wine classes for individuals and corporate clients through my own company, Evan Spingarn Wine Events Inc; helped ghost-write a winebook, then wrote two editions of my own book called The Ultimate Wine Lover’s Guide (Barnes & Noble). In 2004 I walked into David Bowler Wine and never left. Working at Bowler is the glorious continuance of 29 years in the wine business—and counting. Favorite Wine: All things German.