"Austin Beeman is a wine expert who blogs about wine, travel, and photography."     

- USA Today  (Nov 9, 2011) 



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I, Austin Beeman, have been in the wine business my entire adult life, following a passion that started in 1999 during a year spent living in Southwest France.  I use my business acument to advocate for the creatives, the adventures, the terroir-seekers, and artisans in the wine world.  

I've been involved in almost every part of the wine business except the wine-making. 

These adventures have included...

  • Vice President of Marketing for Cutting Edge Selections, one of largest and most important independent fine wine importer/distributors in the Midwest.  (My current role)
  • Director of Marketing for Bonny Doon Vineyard : Where I dramatically enhanced the Direct-to-Consumer Sales program.
  • Leadership of Randall Grahm's crowdfunding campaign "Popelouchum Vineyard: 10,000 Grapes for a New Wine" with success, raising over $175,000 to plant a biodynamic vineyard.
  • Received an MBA in Wine & Spirits Management from Kedge Business School.  This was a joint program that took me to Bordeaux, Sonoma County, Australia, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, to educate me in the operation of the global wine business.
  • Been a featured speaker at two Wine Bloggers' Conferences; Lodi in 2016 and Santa Rosa in 2017.  I've presented the state of the wine business and how working with bloggers can help drive direct-to-consumer sales.
  • Independent Wine Merchant.  I ran the retail wine program for Walt Churchill's Market for nine years.  We grew sales 10x in that time while advancing the cause of boutique and hand-crafted wine.
  • Bespoke Wine Tour Operator.  I create custom/bespoke wine tours to France, Italy, and California with a focus on deep and intimate experiences with wineries that are off the tourist path.
  • Online Video Show Producer for Understanding Wine with Austin Beeman.  Almost 500,000 downloads in over 50 countries.  Routinely top ten wine video podcast in the iTunes Podcast Directory.