“Can you start tomorrow?” These are the first words I heard in connection to our Wine Shop Manager, Phil, and they’ve been music to the ears of all of us at Prince Michel ever since.
Phil joined the ranks of our wine shop associates and quickly proved himself as an invaluable member of the Prince Michel team. Simply put, Phil just gives off a “happy” vibe which reverberates throughout any situation. Let me share a few real-Phil moments. A large, unannounced bus group arrives….no problem for Phil-the more the merrier! Wine slushy machine blows a fuse….no problem, Phil makes sangria! Little white mouse climbs out of a lady’s leg cast during a wine tasting…no problem, Phil scoops it up (the mouse of course), delivers it outside, and goes back to the tasting! You can almost hear the Disney song “Hakuna Matata” in the background as he walks by.
This isn’t to say Phil is a pushover. With his business and accounting degrees, he’s a wizard with numbers and has mastered the worst job on the planet, the staffing schedule, like Eisenhower on D-day. Phil may love numbers, but we’re thrilled that he loves wine and people more. His favorite part about working at Prince Michel is that he gets to meet incredible people every day and talk to them about wine. His goal to create a warm, inviting environment for customers so that they feel like friends and family whenever they come in.
So, to get you prepared for your first or ninety-first visit to Prince Michel’s main winery, here are some little known facts about our Wine Shop Manager Phil:
*He’s an incredible baker—thanks to his mom!
*He’s worked since the age of 10 when he started his first job sweeping out school buses—he’s a bit of a neat freak!
*He loves to bowl and has bowled a 300 (that means a perfect game for the 99% of the population who have no idea how or why anyone would bowl).
*He is a Disney fanatic and can pretty much quote the entire script of The Lion King.
*He’s the youngest of 8—when did his mom have time for baking--and has 14 nieces and nephews all living in this area of Virginia.
*He’s terrified of anything that flies and makes a noise. Don’t picture a Boeing 707; it’s more like miniscule, harmless insects. Let’s just say don’t ask him to stay calm near a honey bee.
*He’s currently reading the complete works of William Shakespeare—must be a favorite among bowlers, and his dream job is to write music for Disney. **Phil has an incredible voice!
*Best of all, his favorite wine is the 20 year old Port-style dessert wine from Prince Michel.