For the last five years Jose Rodriguez Jr. has enjoyed working in New York's wine industry. He has worked at some of New York's top wine retailers. His passion for wine began in 2000 with a trip to La Rioja, Spain, where he encountered Spain's famous Tempranillo-based red wine. After returning home, he read every wine book and magazine he could find. Since then he has achieved certifications from the International Wine Center Advanced program, the Court of Master Sommeliers, and even one of New York's past wine and spirits distributors, Charmer. He has traveled to the Champagne region of France and New York's Long Island wine region. A well rounded experience has given him knowledge of various wine regions and spirits. He has future plans of exploring more wine regions to gain hands-on experience.