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    For today’s #MemberMonday I had the pleasure of sitting down with Chris Cobbs and Sang Lee of Total Wine & More. They are located at 3250 Buskirk Ave, Pleasant Hill. They can be reached at (925) 588-0215 or you can visit their website at https://www.totalwine.com/store-info/california-pleasant-hill/1118. Total Wine & More is a corporation owned and operated by David and Robert Trone. They established their first store in #Delaware in 1991 and now have 200 stores as of last week. They are located in 22 states and have 28 stores here in #California. Both Chris Cobbs, the store manager and Sang Lee, event coordinator started their career with #TotalWine&More when the store opened nearly three years ago. Prior to opening in October of 2016 Total Wine & More agreed to #partner with the #PleasantHillChamber to participate in the #ArtWineandMusic #Festival. It’s been a solid relationship ever since and we are lucky to have them working with us on this event. 

     

    Total Wine and More has a simple #mission; to be the industry leader in #sales, #service and #price. They offer an amazing selection of wine, beer, spirits and more. The #PleasantHill store has over 30 #associates and they are currently hiring for the #holidays. Did you know you can attend classes at the store each month? They have various classes on wine, beer and spirits. Most wine classes are $20 and beer classes $10. It’s a great way to learn, meet new people, and taste some great beer and wine. You can #book their #classroom for up to two hours for #free and get 4 wine #tastings. Grab your friends or colleagues and have a meeting in their private classroom. Here’s a link to their upcoming #events Events - Pleasant Hill You can also reach out to Sang at [email protected] 

     

    The store manager, Chris, comes from a long career in the retail industry but he changed from tools and home improvement at #TheHomeDepot to beer, wine and spirits at Total Wine & More. When Chris was 10 years old he moved from #Anaheim to the #BayArea. He attended local schools and he has one brother. He’s also married and has four children of his own. He loves to #golf with his buddies, visit #wineries and #breweries as well as #festivals and #events that help him to continue to learn and grow in this industry. On his #vacation this summer he actually chose to attend a #winery #bootcamp to really dive into the industry. He loves to go #camping with his #family. He will never turn down a good #steak. He is currently #reading #StrengthFinders 2.0 by Tom Rath. He recalls his fist album purchased was #PeterFrampton. Chris is very busy running the Pleasant Hill store and he is also responsible for the beer at multiple Total Wine & More stores up and down the California coast. He was pulled away many times during our interview. I appreciate him taking the time to sit with me and allow me to get to know him better. 

     

    The Total Event Coordinator, Sang Lee is a known fixture in the store with his #fun #personality and his #passion and #knowledge in the wine industry. Sang came from a career in the #financial services industry. He spent many years as an #Event Manager so this career change was a smooth transition. He grew up in the #Midwest outside of #Chicago and came to California 12 years ago to be near his extended family. Sang has a passion for #travel and would go back to #Europe if he could go anywhere. He used to live in #France and #Spain. His most recent trip was back to #NewYork where his #wife is from to celebrate their #anniversary and a #birthday. Sang and his wife speak seven #languages between the two of them. He loves to explore #food and #pair it with wines. His favorite foodie activity is going to a #farmers #market. He loves to read #cookbooks and fully appreciates the #fresh, #quality #cuisine of California. His first album ever purchased was #MichaelJackson, #Thriller. 

     
    Chris and Sang love being a part of the Chamber and value the relationship and partnership that has been developed over the years. They look forward to the Pleasant Hill Chamber’s  upcoming Art, Wine and Music Festival and hope to see you there.   

    https://www.pleasanthillchamber.com/art-wine-music-festival
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