October 23, 2013 - Gateway welcomed Ed Schlich as its newest Rotarian.  Ed was sponsored by Andrew Barkis. He was born in NYC, raised in the Bronx then Long Island before moving to South the North, NJ.  Studied history at Lynchburg College, Virginia then moved into a vineyard in Virginia to make wine with a poet after college.  From there, the wine guru at Windows On The World, One World Trade Center hired him as cellarmaster for the restaurant wine program overseeing 1500 wines and an inventory of 80,000 cases.  After rigorous training, Ed was allowed to share the wine experience with guests in the Windows On The World restaurants.  His next wine experience was with Restaurant Associates.  He help to open the 4 restaurants (Sea Grill) surrounding the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, NYC.  After 1.5 years in the company of Swiss Germans managing the company, he ‘fled’ to France for one year’s reprieve and stayed for 17 years in the wine world of France (Burgundy & Bordeaux).


Ed worked the cellars to the vineyards before being attached to a “negociant” firm (Shipper).  The Maison Albert Bichot, Beaune, France legalized him with a ‘green card’ allowing Ed to enter the world of export sales.  He says, "it was a blast selling French wine to the world as an American."  He moved to Bordeaux, lived in a chateau in Margaux, France and worked for the biggest and best negociant firm in Bordeaux: Grands Vins de Gironde (GVG).  Ed moved back to the US in 2000 when a local (WA) export client asked him to return to the US and head national sales for the company.  After stints with several wine companies in Western WA, Ed now works for the Association of WA Business (AWB), Olympia.  He is in the membership department at AWB thus actively recruit and retain our 8000+ members.  Last but not least, Ed proudly reports that his son is in the Navy Nuclear Propulsion program and will be involved in the nuclear submarine fleet.

Welcome Ed the next time you see him!