Hi my name is Rhett and yes I was named after Mr. Butler from Gone with the wind. My mom was a huge fan. About 4 years ago is when I started to attain an interest in wine. I’ve been asked by many people since what got me into it and the honest answer is women. I had a couple of lady friends that I was spending time with and I would be responsible for bringing wine to dinner; if they already had a bottle then I would pick something up for dinner. I decided in the summer of 2011 to pursue my education in wine through the Wine Spirit Education Trust and started this venture at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. While studying for my level 1 exam I decided to continue on and registered for the intermediate level which started the week after. I’ve recently completed the Advanced level and plan to to continue on with my education to the Master Sommelier level one day. Although I started this venture as a hobby I can honestly say that this is something I’m passionate about. Something I’ve learned is to always pursue my dreams and overcome any obstacle that gets in my way. As the great one Wayne Gretzky once said ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’ Always be in pursuit of knowledge and keep fueling your passions, one day it could lead to greatness!
Rhett can be reached via e-mail at Rhett@gonewiththewine.ca