Fine Wine Specialist/Sales Professional

Oakland, California, United States


Fine Wine Specialist/Sales Professional
JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Oakland, CA
Job Description:
Sales | Oakland, CA

JJ Buckley Fine Wines is looking for energetic, professional and highly motivated individuals to join our in-house, relationship-based Fine Wine Specialist sales team. This is a full-time, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm position, working out of our Oakland office. No cold calling. No telecommuting. Great opportunity to learn and grow through extensive hands-on education (seminars, tastings and meetings with some of the world’s top wine estates).

Strong candidates will have an understanding of the fine wine market (wines/regions/varietals/prices) and ability to provide a high level of detailed service to a demanding customer base. This includes a well-rounded knowledge of fine wines, customer relationship building, technology and sales writing. The most successful person in this role will be very organized, able to multitask, self-motivated and a strong written communicator.


Working alongside of a team of seasoned professionals, the candidate must be well-versed and come with a diverse background that includes:

• 3+ years of recent wine industry related experience (wine retail/wholesale, restaurant or other) is required. Sales preferred.
• Strong knowledge of fine wine market (especially Bordeaux, Burgundy, Napa, Tuscany, Rhone), and even some individual wine label familiarity – top wines per region and current market pricing.
• WSET, CSW, CSM preferred but not required
• Ability to write tasting notes, speak in depth to specific wine products/regions/varietals
• Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills
• Capable writer and ability to type 35-40 words per minute
• Team player
• Proficiency in MS Office and Web-based ordering/marketing tools such as Constant Contact and NetSuite, and an ability quickly learn new technology/software
• Undergraduate or advanced degree preferred, not required

Successful candidates will:

• Show proficiency in verbal and written communication skills in a way that caters to the commodity and clientele
• Demonstrate advanced tasting skills and a well-developed knowledge, curiosity and appreciation of ultra-premium wines
• Have strong interpersonal/presentation skills and the ability to compellingly present wines and entertain and build relationships with customers
• Be organized, resourceful and dedicated to excellence on all aspects of work; capable of planning their own time efficiently and effectively.

Other qualifications include:

• Must be 21 years old to apply
• Must be able and willing to lift up to 50 pounds


Base salary plus commission, health/dental benefits, accrued PTO and sick time, 401K, and trade discounts. Average earning potential of $75K-$125K+.

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