Devon Magee hails from Seattle and studied International Politics and Economics as an undergraduate at Middlebury College. He spent his junior year abroad in Logrono, La Rioja, Spain, to build on his fluency in Spanish, and ended up falling in love with wine.
Back in Seattle after college, he landed his first wine job at the Pacific Northwest’s largest wine retail store, Esquin. After drinking a bottle of ’82 Lynch Bages that his buyer opened for him, the next step was obvious. He moved to France, where, while learning French, he worked in one of Paris’ longest-running wine bars, Juveniles; and also worked harvest at Vieux Telegraphe in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Two years later, he returned to the States to work the harvest at Jordan Winery in Sonoma County. He finally settled in the Bay Area when he became the West Coast Associate Editor for Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Now, 10 years after starting in the wine industry, he’s been back in retail as a Fine Wine Specialist at JJB for over 3 years. He still returns to France to work harvest - in 2011, he worked at Bellefont-Belcier in St. Emilion; and in 2012 and 2013, he worked at Chandon de Briailles in Burgundy.
Devon is currently studying for the final exam to complete the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma, the last step before pursuing the Master of Wine certification.
Email Devon or call him at 510.903.5924