Alison L. Matera, DWS
Alison Matera is the general manager of Riverside Wine & Spirits. She has been in the wine industry since 1994 and joined the Riverside team in 2006.
Alison has earned a level four Diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and is a member of the International Sommelier Guild. She has been a freelance writer for several local publications in her town including, City Scope and Chatter magazine and is frequently hired to appraise wine cellars for local Estate Appraisers. She also spends a lot of time conducting wine education seminars for charity events, restaurant servers, wine wholesale/retail employees and private individuals. Alison has been the wine buyer and wine/beverage director in various fine dining establishments in TN and travels throughout the southeast promoting wines from the Bratcher Winery in Santa Barbara County, CA. She has also traveled to several different wine regions in France, South Africa, Italy and California. She periodically volunteers her time during harvest and crush in Southern California.
Jamie started out in the hospitality industry. He worked as a host, server, bartender and manager at the Southside Grill and then moved to the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club where he served as a dining room manager and assistant director of service. Jamie joined the Riverside team in July of 2007. Twenty years in the industry has exposed Jamie to many tastings and seminars giving him a keen knowledge of wine and spirits.
Working in the service industry throughout my matriculation has allowed me to familiarize myself with the breweries available and the ones local to the Chattanooga scene. For the past two years I have worked at Riverside raising that knowledge to an exact science. Working here has allowed me to learn a plethora of things in regards to wine and spirits as well, but craft beer is always my favorite subject to discuss whether it’s Belgians, sours, stouts, or a nice IPA.