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Charles S. Bissell III

Immediately following college in 1979, I went to live in the Burgundy region of France for a year to learn about wine tasting, grape growing, and winemaking. During that time I lived and worked with seven different families, négociants, and cooperatives from Dijon to Macon. I worked hands-on, and participated in every aspect of grape growing to winemaking doing whatever work was required. We made a special effort every day to set some time aside to purely taste and evaluate wine.

In the early 1980’s I sold wine on a wholesale basis to wine shops and restaurants in Westchester County, New York. For five years in the mid-1980’s I managed two retail fine wine shops in the Greater Hartford area learning the retail trade, and continued my education in fine wine.

In 1988, I opened Charles Fine Wine, and for the past 26 years, have operated (and continue to operate) the business in every capacity. Over the past 36 years, I have attended and led innumerable wine tastings, wine dinners, wine classes, etc. and continue to taste wines from around the world on a regular basis.





Charles Fine Wine, 2283 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033