I opened Mrs. Torrelli's Wine Flat in 2014 after having worked in the wine industry in Estes Park, Colorado until the flood of 2013 that washed away the canyon road. Now, instead of driving from Loveland to Estes Park every day, I walk to work and cherish every step I take. I'm often asked how I "got into the wine business" and I always answer, "A Bachelor of Arts in English." I found a BA in English led me straight into the retail industry.
I worked in a music store in Chicago after college and that led me to working in music stores in Denver, Phoenix, and Portland. My daughter was born in Portland, Oregon but the cloudy weather there brought us back to Colorado. Once again, my BA in English got me a job at a liquor store in Longmont. Wanting to do more than stock liquor I talked my way into an interview at Left Hand Brewing. I worked there for years as a sales representative, driving over eight hundred miles a week. Remember I said I love walking to work. It stems from this experience. From there I worked at RedStone Meadery for a short while and then for another nine years I worked at Valley of the Wind Winery in both Loveland and Estes Park.
When the flood of 2013 pretty much washed away the Estes Park winery, the space at 6th & Cleveland opened up and we jumped at it. I've learned a great deal over the past seven years. I credit my amazing sales reps with educating me on wine. Thanks to them, I learn something new every week and love to share what I've learned with my customers. The stock on my shelves constantly changes and evolves.
I always admit... I don't necessarily know a lot about wine... but I do know a lot about the wine in my Flat.