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Sommelier / Wine Sales Associate
Bay Grape

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Sommelier / Wine Sales Associate

Bay Grape

Job Summary

$14-18 per hour + Tips/Bonus
Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 15 hours ago
Job Role
Sales Associate, Food Server
Employer's Industry
Retail, Food & Hospitality
Job Schedule
Evenings, Afternoons, Weekends, Weekdays

Job Description

We're looking for someone new to join our family! Tell us what you've got to offer, and we'll make work worth your while. 


  • Wear jeans and flip-flops to work
  • Provide certified-sommelier-level bottle service to guests at our counter and communal table
  • Listen to the War On Drugs, Blackalicious, The Dig and Steely Dan on vinyl all day
  • Want to make wine less douchey--but stock benchmark producers like Mugneret-Gibourg, Knoll, Gramenon, Matthiasson, Sigalas and Chiquet
  • Stare across the street at beautiful Lake Merritt all day and wave to our friends in the neighborhood
  • Are a bottle shop at heart, striving to build community and educate our guests to help them learn how to describe what they smell, taste and like/don't like
  • Host winemakers from around the world for guided tastings weekly
  • Close at 10pm and are home by 11 most nights
  • Blind taste every day (including six classic wines, timed, every Monday)
  • Rock a serious craft beer selection including Prairie, Cantillon, Freigeist, Brewfist and Mikkeller
  • Teach grape/region/style-specific wine classes to guests every Sunday
  • Reward initiative, ideas, self-motivation and a desire to grow our company and increase personal and professional success
  • Pass along tasting, seminar and trip invitations to our employees


  • Are humble yet smart and regularly study wine in your free time
  • Are knowledgeable and passionate about a diverse range of global wine styles
  • Are dedicated to pursuing a long-term career in the wine or hospitality industry
  • Have experience working quickly and efficiently during busy restaurant, retail or bar service
  • Anticipate guest needs in a detail-oriented, strong customer-service setting
  • Take initiative to keep the shop clean and stocked
  • Enjoy genuinely interacting with guests and building deep connections with our diverse Oakland neighborhood
  • Are thirsty for knowledge and pursue education both of yourself and our guests with humility
  • Are able to work full-time, including Saturdays 
  • Are 21 years of age or older
  • Can lift 40 pounds regularly

Email with a few notes about why you're interested in the position, uniquely qualified to work with us, and your availability. 

Business Overview

Our Story

Bay Grape is a wine shop focused on community. In addition to wine, we also offer beer, specialty sodas and a small selection of local, artisanal foodstuffs. All products are sold retail, available "to go" yet can also be opened and enjoyed "picnic style" at the counter or communal table in the shop. We host wine classes and tastings that are relaxed, casual and designed to help you learn how to describe what you like so you can drink better more often.

We strive to be a cornerstone of our community: a physical gathering spot dedicated to building and preserving relationships with and between our guests.

Bay Grape is owned and operated by Josiah Baldivino and Stevie Stacionis: a young, passionate, husband-and-wife team with substantial wine knowledge, 20 years of combined wine business experience—and, most importantly, a sense of humor and humility.

We believe in the power of sharing good beverages and food—and in their capacity to create opportunities for members of our community to share experiences, stories, skills and laughter.


Culture & Perks

Family Owned
Minority Owned
Women Owned
Community Oriented
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