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February 27, 2008
Deeper and Deeper into Wine

Let's catch up with Michael Chandler, who for five years was the popular general manager and wine director of Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar until he left abruptly last fall. Since then, he's been one busy guy.

He's still living in Sacramento but working in Napa, where's an account manager for the online wine brokerage WineBid.com. In that role he's traveling throughout northern California and into Nevada, Colorado and Utah to appraise the wines of collectors who are thinking of listing all or part of their cellar for sale on WineBid.com.

He hasn't given up on the restaurant trade, and took the job in Napa in part to study with fellow sommeliers who also are preparing for the next in a rigorous series of exams administered by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Through his Web site he also lines up clients as a restaurant consultant and wine educator. And he's also making wine under the label Chandler Cellars. He's to release his first commercial wine, a pinot noir from Sonoma County's Russian River Valley, in late spring or early summer.

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