Cellar Searchers got it's start in the wine business in 1976 when founder Brian Maurer was hired as a waiter. In 1980, while finishing college, he was hired as a cellar master and sommelier in Great Britain. There he was responsible for assisting customers with selections and keeping the wine cellar fully stocked at an upscale restaurant in Newcastle.
Upon his return to the United States a year later, he was hired by Bill Traverso, a Sonoma and Napa area wine icon. He worked alongside of Bill at Traverso's Gourmet Foods and Wines in Santa Rosa for 12 years learning many aspects of the wine world through Bill.
He then took a wine buying position at Molesberry Market, a chain of 5 grocery stores and worked there for several year. In 1996 Brian went to work for Glenn Segale at The Wine Spectrum as their domestic/international wine buyer. From this position, he built a bridge to Europe and purchased wine directly from distributors and wineries in overseas. In 2000, he started his own Retail/ Distribution/ Import business called Vino Veritas, which evolved into B&R Wines and finally Cellar Searchers.
Throughout his career and still to this day, Brian keeps up with the trade taking many classes ranging from sensory perception to the art of making wine. He has distributed wines for top wineries including Abreu, Rivers Marie, Morlet, Staglin, Aubert, Whetstone, Kesner, Native 9, Scherrer to name a few. He also judges wine competitions since being introduced to the judging by local wine expert, Dan Berger.
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