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Fun Facts I Discovered About Chris Kern from PasoSecco

  • Also known as America’s Uncommon Wine Expert and Mr. Forgotten Grapes
  • Graduated from Princeton
  • Born and raised in Corona del Mar, California; now lives in Atascadero with his New York Times #1 bestseller/attorney girlfriend Teresa Rhyne and two adorable beagles
  • Reformed sportscaster and media and entertainment research executive
  • Has been in the wine industry since 2006 (nearly 20 years!) and has held nearly every job except winemaker and cellar rat
  • Founder of the now-shuttered Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes wine shop in Riverside, California; the active Forgotten Grapes online private wine club (reminder to visit forgottengrapes.com); and online wine businesses PasosBestWines.com and WorldsBestWineClubs.com
  • Created and co-hosts the “One Bourbon, One Chard, or One Beer” podcast and “You Don’t Know Paso” online limited series
  • Hosts monthly Premium Wine Events at local Paso Robles wine bar Vin 13
  • Is an award-winning wine writer and a professional wine judge at numerous international competitions
  • Holds the all-time record for fastest completion of the “Room Romp” final round on 1990s Nickelodeon and syndicated kids’ game show “Finders Keepers” (48 seconds!)
  • His Mater Dei high school football team won the CIF State Division I Championship and mythical “High School National Championship” his junior year
  • Lived in Barcelona, Spain and throughout Europe from March to July of 2001
  • Favorite grape varietals: Cinsault, Counoise, Grenache, Schiopettino, Gruner Veltliner, and Teroldego. 
  • Is often mistaken for Jay Leno