Mr. Story is Leaving His Day Job

Biggest Smith Story News of the Year Perhaps...

This morning, my dear husband announced to his K&L family that he's retiring at the end of the year. We are deeply grateful for the support he's been given through the years by K&L and by the loyal circle of vintners, wholesalers and importers he's so passionately worked with over the last 17 years. The knowledge he's gained about the world of wine can not be duplicated; the hundreds of wines tasted each month, the interaction with thousands of customers each year and the numerous buying trips in near 2 decades to walk the vines with some of the most prestigious wineries on the planet. As this enormous chapter closes in his career, we know his new chapter with Smith Story Wine Cellars full-time is going to lead to his wildest dreams come true.  In the words of Mr. Story...

Good morning everyone… 

This does not come easy and I admit it feels strange to be actually announcing. But, after 17 fantastic years, which I would do all over again in a heartbeat, December 22nd has been my set as my official retirement date. 

As many of you already know, my wife and I started Smith Story Wine Cellars (http://www.smithstorywinecellars.com) back in 2014. With a lot of perseverance, sleepless nights and amazing help we have become fortunate enough to where both of our full time attention and dedication is needed moving forward. Also, this will allow more of a free flow schedule so I can finally go after another dream of mine which is fitness modeling. Maybe one day I’ll be the inspiration for an art label on a box wine… 

I don’t want to take up much time as I’ll be kicking around for the next couple of months anyway. I’ll follow up down the road... 

Eric A. Story 

Buyer: Alsace|Austria| Eastern Europe|Germany| Greece|Loire Valley 

K&L Wine Merchants  www.klwines.com


I love this funny, hard working, determined and incredibly smart man! K&L has provided both of us so much in life really, it's where we met back in 2003 after-all!  My heart is bursting with happiness for Eric...and I can't wait to smash his alarm clock to bits in a few weeks and start sleeping in until after sunrise finally...we are better together. 

This is Our Story. 

 - Ali Story

10 comments

  • Robert Morrison

    Robert Morrison Berkeley, CA

    Amazing dude! I am so happy for you! I will miss seeing you in the shop. Thanks for all the love!

    Amazing dude! I am so happy for you! I will miss seeing you in the shop. Thanks for all the love!

  • Tracy Clarke

    Tracy Clarke Redwood City

    A huge Congratulations to you both! How exciting to start this new chapter, both of you, and we look forward to the wild success of the Smith Story Phenomenon!!!

    A huge Congratulations to you both! How exciting to start this new chapter, both of you, and we look forward to the wild success of the Smith Story Phenomenon!!!

  • Mulan Chan-Randel

    Mulan Chan-Randel Richmond, CA

    Congratulations Eric! What exciting news and full steam ahead with Smith Story Wines!

    Congratulations Eric! What exciting news and full steam ahead with Smith Story Wines!

  • Lisa/Mom

    Lisa/Mom Saratoga, CA

    I am beyond proud! A huge thank you to K&L and cheers to many great adventures to come. For Eric and Ali! Love you.

    I am beyond proud!
    A huge thank you to K&L and cheers to many great adventures to come. For Eric and Ali!
    Love you.

  • Matt Lipton

    Matt Lipton Dallas

    Congrats y'all! Happy for/proud of you - and ready to make lord sandwich's Texas vintage when y'all are

    Congrats y'all! Happy for/proud of you - and ready to make lord sandwich's Texas vintage when y'all are

  • Claudia & Russ Barrett

    Claudia & Russ Barrett Barrett

    Yay!!!! Congratulations Eric, Alison and Socks! You two (3) have stepped up to the plate, swung and have scored!! Now it's time to continue your run with your passion! We love you and have no doubt that this new chapter in your life will bring you years and years of success with Smith Story!

    Yay!!!! Congratulations Eric, Alison and Socks! You two (3) have stepped up to the plate, swung and have scored!! Now it's time to continue your run with your passion!

    We love you and have no doubt that this new chapter in your life will bring you years and years of success with Smith Story!

  • Daniela Silva

    Daniela Silva Vacaville

    Congratulations and best wishes for life's wonderful next chapters!

    Congratulations and best wishes for life's wonderful next chapters!

  • Douglas Kardash

    Douglas Kardash Bend, OR

    That's great Eric! Continued success! DK

    That's great Eric! Continued success!

    DK

  • Ben Brownlee

    Ben Brownlee Fort Worth, Texas

    WOW - fitness modeling ! This gives me a great idea. I can become a senior fitness model and we can be featured in a new "Wine and Fitness Calendar". Seriously, congratulations on this big step in your successful journey.

    WOW - fitness modeling ! This gives me a great idea. I can become a senior fitness model and we can be featured in a new
    "Wine and Fitness Calendar". Seriously, congratulations on this big step in your successful journey.

  • Janice Patrash

    Janice Patrash Louisville, KY

    Congratulations! Wish you both all the best.

    Congratulations! Wish you both all the best.

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