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Most people don’t have refined pallets for wine … yet. That’s where Chris Hunter of Vino Volo at Detroit Metro Airport comes in.
Hunter was introduced to wine at an early age by his father, who was also in the wine business.
After years of training, including getting his Court of Master Sommeliers Certification, he is now one of the premier sommeliers in metro Detroit.
“It’s always been a club, of a certain kind of people. But let’s break these barriers down.” — Chris Hunter, Vino Volo
Through his work at Vino Volo and leading private tastings, Hunter enjoys bringing people together over wine, no matter how much experience they have tasting them.
His goal is to make the world of wine more approachable and encourage people to expand their horizons to try new varieties.
“It’s always been a club, of a certain kind of people. But let’s break these barriers down.”
And that’s exactly what Hunter does at his wine tastings. One way he does that is by comparing wine to musicians. For Diana Ross, it’s Vacqueyras. For Tupac Shakur, it’s Nickel & Nickel.
Though getting into wine can seem overwhelming, Hunter recommends starting simple and choosing a region that you’re familiar with to start. After that, you’ll be well on your way to developing your palate and appreciating new wines.
Getting into the wine business at an early age
Introducing people to new varieties of wine
Comparing wine to music
Getting the Court of Master Sommeliers Certification
The controversy over using screw caps instead of corks
His choice for the last glass of wine he would drink