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John Peters, Wine Director, Culinaria Cooking School

COLUMN = WINE

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.

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