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Jay McCleery
Market Sales Manager, Texas and Partner

Those were days of discovery; the discovery of my love of cooking, fine dining, Steely Dan, Jack Kerouac, and Shari. Oh and then there was that bottle of Liebfraumilch, that convinced me and a few adventuresome friends that we were wine connoisseurs! Little did I know that I was only on the beginning of my wine journey that for many years would provide more questions than answers and more fulfillment than I could ever expect! The more I learned about wine (via Hugh Johnson, Michael Broadbent, Alexis Lichine and the like) the more I experimented and was drawn ever more deeply into the culture. After I moved to Los Angeles, I worked in every restaurant I could. Focusing on restaurants with progressive wine programs, a corporate American restaurant (Steppes-RUI), mom and pop French provincial (Chez Vous), and upscale Hotels (Doubletree Plaza las Fuentes, where I was fortunate enough to be the acting Wine Director!). 

Since those days, I have been fortunate to establish a career with one of the pre-eminent distributors in the US, Republic National Distributing Company. During my 11 years with RNDC, I was in the National Accounts division working in multiple markets (Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico) making headquarter calls on corporate Hotel and restaurant buyers.

And so this leads me to one of the most fortunate events of my life…an opportunity to work for the Michael Mondavi family and to represent one of the most dynamic portfolios in the industry at Folio Fine Wine Partners! Our team wakes up every morning knowing that the things we do and the values we embrace truly make a difference to not only the families we represent, but to our distributors, and to the end consumer who believes in the quality of our wines! Thanks for sharing our love of wine.
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