During five and a half years as a District Manager with Paterno Imports, Eric attained certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers (1st phase) and a Master of Wine Education certification from the International Wine Guild. He is a member of the Society of Wine Educators. He also served on the board of the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF), Denver Chapter.
Leaving Paterno to pursue his desire of combining years of wine experience with the burgeoning Internet, Eric attended several months of computer courses and then developed a website for a multi-state retail liquor chain. Finally, he decided to develop his idea for LocalWineEvents.com