Cedar Mill Beverage Steward Chris

For a beverage aficionado, working at Market of Choice is truly a dream come true. Keeping up with the latest trends in wine, beer and coffee is definitely one of the perks of the job, says Chris at our Cedar Mill Market. “There’s always something new. It’s an exploratory environment and I really enjoy that,” he says.

Chris takes his job as a beverage steward seriously, even when he’s at home relaxing and enjoying a drink. He keeps a wine journal to jot down notes about which brands and vintages he likes and why. “Honestly, knowledge comes from experience – especially when it comes to wine,” he says.

His dedication shows. When someone asks Chris what’s new and what he might recommend, he’s always ready with a suggestion. It’s really satisfying when a customer returns to thank him for his advice, he says.

Our wine and beer shops feature an array of beer styles and types of wine from all over the world in a range of prices, he says. The same is true of coffee we carry. In all areas, you’ll find an emphasis on locally made choices.

“One of the many things I like about Market of Choice is that we root for the little guy,” Chris says. “From specialty coffee roasters to small breweries to tiny vineyards, we try our best to make those unknown makers known.”

When he’s not working, Chris enjoys getting together with friends. He likes learning about video and photo production. And he enjoys hiking and mountain climbing — in 2014, he ascended Mount Hood.

Chris says he appreciates the friendly nature of his co-workers and the way he and his supervisors work together. “All of us function as a team. It’s not a hierarchy and I think that’s really cool.”