Meet the Team: Josh (JJ)

None of what is happening at Bloom would be possible without the incredible team behind it. With our Meet the Team Series, we will be introducing the individuals who are working hard to make all of this possible. First up, our newest team member: 

Where were you born and raised, JJ?
Edmonds, WA

 

What do you love most about Seattle?
Mariners baseball. And the cooler temperatures (not a fan of the heat!)


Describe your role at Bloom: 
I educate wineries on our DtC solution and help onboard them to the Bloom platform. I also form B2B partnerships that enrich our aforementioned DtC solution being used by our wineries.
 
Favorite part about working at Bloom?
The people. And getting to work in an industry I love.


What do you want to improve most about the DtC wine industry?
Consumer awareness of the story behind a wine and everything that goes into the process of producing it from vineyard to glass.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
People would be surprised to know that I listen to audio of movies (that I’ve seen dozens of times) in the shower. 

Outside of “Bloom hours”, what’s your favorite way to spend time?
Making my 10-month-old daughter laugh.

 
What wine region is currently at the top of your bucket list?
Georgia (the country)


What’s your current favorite wine varietal?
Malvasia
 
How do you stay up to date on the world of wine?

  • Persistent studying
  • Wine podcasts (ie ‘Natural Disasters’ by Marissa A. Ross of Bon Appétit Magazine and Adam Vourvoulis of Vin de California and ‘Inside Winemaking’ by Jim Duane of Seavey Vineyard)
  • Social media (ie @brianmcclinticms)
  • Best of all… regularly sampling new wines via Rae Vino (@raevino)
 
Favorite wine & food pairing?
Natural red wine from Sicily with pasta and homemade red sauce
 
What, or who, are you a “closet” fan of?
Taylor Swift

 
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1. Open a brick & mortar wine retail business
2. Become fluent in Italian
3. Complete my WSET Diploma journey

 

OK quick answer! 

Podcast or book? Podcast

Summer or Winter? Winter

Texting or talking? Texting

Invisibility or super strength? Super strength

Cake or pie? Cake

Star Wars or Lord of the Rings? Star Wars

Tea or coffee? Coffee

Ocean or mountains? JK! You live in Seattle, you don’t have to choose! Ocean

Climb a mountain or jump from a plane? Jump from a plane

Ninjas or pirates? Ninjas

Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? Tiny elephant


Photo by Mara Dillinger