Wine & Spirits Specialist (Wine Jobs: Wine Retail & Sommelier)

Full Time

  Cascadia Group Holdings

  Victoria, British Columbia

Want to be part of a fun, fast-paced, dynamic company with a great culture and incredible benefits & perks? Join us!


The Opportunity: Wine & Spirit Specialist


Job Purpose: As part of an engaged and service-focused team, the Wine & Spirit Specialist assists in driving wine and spirit sales initiatives by creating valued relationships and loyalty with guests. You have a passion for wine and sharing your knowledge with both team members and guests who visit our store and tasting bar, all the while providing a positive and elevated experience. You provide exemplary customer service, uphold the highest standards of organization and cleanliness, bring a team-oriented and positive attitude to work each day, and apply our core values in everything you do.


Position Details: Permanent, Full-Time. Working hours will generally occur from Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week. The hours of work may vary and may be irregular and will be those hours necessary to meet the requirements of the job.


What Makes Us a Great Employer? Here are some of the benefits and perks you can look forward to by joining our Team:

•                     Locally owned and operated for over 25 years

•                     Competitive wages and total compensation package

•                     Employer-paid extended health and dental plan and RRSP matching

•                     Anniversary and referral bonuses

•                     Paid volunteer days and charitable donation matching

•                     Education & Tuition reimbursement and Health & Wellness reimbursement

•                     Product and staff discounts to all our brands

•                     In-house training and certifications and the opportunity for growth & advancement

•                     Socially responsible, fun, and inclusive culture

•                     Complimentary entry into community events


Key Responsibilities

·         Acquiring, cultivating, fostering, and maintaining relationships with loyal and high potential guests and partners; creating elevated guest experiences

·         Organizing and managing an elevated tasting bar program and experience for our guests, including masterclasses, premium tastings, consultations, and events

·         Assisting the General Manager with managing wine and sprits inventory

·         Working with the Buyer and Assistant Buyer in selecting Cellar wines and spirits

·         Working with the Operations Manager and Regional Manager to develop an omnichannel approach and wine expertise to grow wine sales across all channels

·         Ensuring wine and high-end spirits are stocked and that an extensive selection is available

·         Attending industry wine events to keep up with current trends and vintage releases

·         Assisting the General Manager with staff training and product knowledge

·         Assisting with all aspects of liquor retail including cash, customer service, stocking shelves, breaking down orders and putting away orders

·         Being part of a team of high achievers who care about the customers and the company they are representing

·         Solving problems with a patient, level-headed and cool under pressure approach

·         Bringing your positive, collaborative, and hardworking attitude to work each day

·         Other special projects and duties as required


Required Education, Skills, and Qualifications

·         Minimum 5 years of experience in a wine-focused role in a hospitality / liquor retail environment (including previous experience as a Sommelier, Wine Manager, or Buyer)

·         A warm, confident, and customer-focused personality with a high-level attention to detail

·         A passion for, and formal training in, wine (minimum WSET Level 3 or equivalent is required. WSET Diploma or ISG Sommelier Diploma are considered a strong asset)

·         Experience sharing knowledge and designing / delivering structured wine seminars

·         The ability to lift 25 kg repeatedly and stay physically active throughout shift

·         Serving It Right certification (and must be at least 19 years of age)

·         Available to work evenings, weekends and holidays as required


Successful applicants must be fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days having elapsed since receipt of a second dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada and compliance with any other related public health order, recommendations or guidelines respecting vaccination) and show proof of vaccination as a condition of employment and prior to starting work.


Who is the Truffles Group?

Locally owned and operated, The Truffles Group has been advancing Vancouver Island’s hospitality, tourism and beverage retail industries for over 25 years. During this time, we have grown from one employee to over 250, and from one brand to six! Our group of companies includes Cascadia Liquor, Flight Cannabis Co., Habitat Café, Heritage Quay Developments, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and Truffles Catering.


Guided by our founder Don Calveley’s entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to business excellence, The Truffles Group continues to push the boundaries of innovation and service to create elevated guest and team member experiences.


We continue to grow and build our business responsibly and ethically on a foundation and commitment to our core values: Quality, Integrity, Community, Growth, and FUN!

If you share our values, are exceptionally organized, and have a passion for being proactive and exceeding expectations, we want to hear from you!



We value you! Your background, your perspective, your uniqueness, your talent.

We value all things that make you, YOU!

#diversity #equality


The Truffles Group is an equal opportunity employer.  Should you require accommodation during the recruitment process, please reach out.



If this position sounds like a perfect fit for you, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].


Disclaimer Clause: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the employee assigned to this position.  There is no exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, physical job demands and working conditions associated with this position.

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