"Mission: make awesome wine shirts and give back to the Sommelier community."
What is Grape Obsession?
GO is a dream that has been 8 years in the making (I’m a procrastinator). I started GO to create a brand that expresses my love for the wine industry and speaks to my fellow Sommeliers while giving back to the wine community by supporting Sommeliers and restaurant professionals trying to advance their careers. Tee Shirts connect people by allowing them to share and express their passion, and since wine is all about bringing people together, I'd say this is a perfect pairing right up there with Champagne and french fries.
Soft, silky, and breathable; my shirts are top quality. Everything from the purity of cotton, threading, and image printing have been taken into account to create a shirt that will grow with you. The shirts are made from high quality 100% ringspun cotton and are preshrunk, making a shirt that is soft, light, and durable. The art design is all original made specifically for Grape Obsession, and are printed via Direct To Garment printing, ensuring images that are bright, vibrant, and lasting that won’t peel or crack after a few washes.
How GO gives back:
The wine industry takes care of their own. Somms are often underpaid and overworked, and it can be difficult to have the budget needed to regularly taste wine and study for exams. That is why I donate 10% of GO’s profits to various charities and scholarships that support Sommeliers in their pursuit for pins and knowledge.
Grape Obsession supports the following scholarships:
Master Sommelier David Glancy started this scholarship to support students attending the San Francisco Wine School, one of the most ambitious wine education schools in the country. San Francisco Wine School was founded by Master Sommelier David Glancy and offers 13 different certification programs, 85 workshops, and a wide range of trade and public events to support professionals looking to start or advance their career in wine. Classes are taught by industry leading instructors including Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, Certified Wine Educators and Diploma Wine & Spirits Education Trust. Additional support is provided to professionals through career & educational guidance, internships, job boards, regular tasting groups, and free seminars and masterclasses for trade..
The International Culinary Center® provides career training for aspiring chefs and sommeliers. Their Intensive Sommelier Training program is the only program approved by the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers AmericasTM. Students are taught by Master Sommeliers on the theory, service, and tasting techniques that both build a foundation for a career in the wine industry, while preparing them for the rigorous Certified Sommelier exam. After graduation, students have access to ongoing career services, and are connected to more than 15,000 alumni around the world. For those looking for entry-level classes, ICC also offers shorter classes in wine, pastry and culinary.
That’s what GO is. Now buy a shirt!