Brian Hutcheson (Manager/Wine Specialist)
Brian has been working in the liquor industry since 2001 gaining a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise in many aspects of the business. His passion for wine started back when he was in the restaurant business. He loves incorporating wine into foods as well as finding the perfect wine to compliment any meal. Italy, France and Spain are his favorite wine producing countries although he does agree there are many excellent wines from the United States as well. That being said, a good Rioja is at the top of his list.
Brian has gained experience from attending many events such as the Sun Wine Fest at Mohegan Sun, numerous upscale wine dinners in Milford, CT, tastings hosted by wine distributors and over fifty portfolio tastings, which gave him the opportunity to sample hundreds of wines and last but not least many private tastings with countless distributors.
In the past, Brian was responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining a multi-level wine club and looks forward to continuing and expanding on Yankee’s present Wine Club in the near future.
Sixteen weeks of wine education in Farmington prepared him well for the many wine classes he has taught. Brian is excited to resume the wine classes at Yankee in January 2017 to share his knowledge of wine. He has also been responsible for over a dozen charity wine events, the largest being for over six hundred people, a skill that will be utilized at Yankee throughout the year.
Brian comes to Yankee with the added bonus of a keen personal interest in spirits. He has taken multiple trips to Kentucky to meet with distillers and tour facilities and was ultimately responsible for selecting over fifteen barrels with Master Distillers. He has also been honored to be the special guest whiskey expert on the Colin McEnroe show on WNPR. However, one of his favorite events was as VIP speaker at Connecticut’s 4B Festival alongside Master Distillers Eddie Russell of Wild Turkey and Drew Kulsveen of Willett.
Possessing and engaging exuberant personality, Brian looks forward to meeting, greeting and interacting with Yankee’s customers to enhance their shopping experience. We are excited to have someone like Brian with such a diverse and impressive background as a part of the Yankee family.