December 12, 2013 14:17 ET

BevMo! Cellar Master Wilfred Wong Receives Wine Person of Excellence Award

CONCORD, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 12, 2013) - BevMo!, the ultimate neighborhood specialty beverage retailer, is proud to announce that cellar master Wilfred Wong has been honored with Wine Consumer magazine's Seal of Excellence award for "Wine Person of Excellence." A panel of wine consumers, commissioned by Wine Consumer magazine, awarded the Fall 2013 honors to five individuals who embody the spirit of wine excellence and represent today's top thinkers and innovators in wine.

"After more than four decades in the wine industry, it's an honor to receive the Wine Consumer magazine Seal of Excellence award," said Wilfred Wong, official Cellar Master for BevMo!. "My travels have taken me to winemaking regions around the world, where I've been able to expand and diversify my knowledge, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with the BevMo! community and beyond."

Cellar Master Wong, who was also named one of the top 100 most influential people in the U.S. wine industry earlier this year, is a seasoned wine expert and has also been a world renowned judge since 1994. As Cellar Master, he tastes between 6,000 and 9,000 wines annually and often travels to France, Italy, Spain, Chile, Argentina and other winemaking regions to discover new and exciting wines and trends in the industry.

"It is a true honor to have Wilfred as part of our team here at BevMo!," said CEO Alan Johnson. "He is a tremendous asset to our work and constantly brings new wines to our stores, ensuring that customers are getting the best possible selection that meets each and every one of their needs."

Using a 100-point scoring system he developed, Wong assesses dozens of wines for BevMo! each year and also works closely with BevMo!'s Vineyard Partners program to develop exception blends from the berry, to the bottle. To follow Wong's work and learn more about the wines available at BevMo! that have received his top scores, visit his blog, Wilfred's World. For the newest information about our stores, sip alongside BevMo! on Facebook, Twitter, and the BevMo! Blog, BevMo! Thirsty Times.