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John Peters, Wine Director, Culinaria Cooking School

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John Peters is the director of wine at Culinaria Cooking School, which is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2010.

He has been in the wine business for nearly three decades. With his father and brother, John founded Wide World of Wines in 1982 and ran the retail business through 1989, hand selecting wines from vineyards all over the world. John then went to work for Continental Liquors until 1994, and from 1997 to 2003 he was the Mid-Atlantic marketing manager for DeLoach Vineyards.

John is frequently invited to speak about wine at the National Press Club, the Decanter Club, The Greenbrier, The Homestead, and the French and Australian Embassies in Washington, DC.

“John brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for the marriage of food and wine to Culinaria Cooking School,” say Culinaria Cooking School co-owners Stephen Sands and Pete Snaith.

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

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The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

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Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

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Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

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The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

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Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

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The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

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Your own words are the bricks and mortar
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If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
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When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

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It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

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Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

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Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

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You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
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If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

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Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

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Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

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The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

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It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

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