Hi y'all. I recently did an IG Live chat with a few retailers in the series I've been doing called "Wine Hustles" - exploring alternative professions for sommeliers in the wine industry. Retail is definitely booming right now, though the job has changed somewhat. That face-to-face human contact has been minimized and been replaced with a lot more shipping, logistics, etc. But presumably that won't last forever, and as Dustin Wilson of Verve Wine (in SF & NYC) mentioned, retail gives you the opportunity to reach people beyond your immediate vicinity, unlike restaurant and on-premise work. The good news is you don't need much in terms of credentials to apply for a job in wine retail: both Dustin and Cara & Simi from DECANTsf agreed that a lot of the wine stuff can be taught, but things like work ethic, hospitality, and personality is what they are really looking for. I started my career out in retail, and I highly recommend it as a way to gain access to experiences and people that can further your career. You can watch the whole video on my IG @janeymaxine.