Authors Bill Coates - Wine Consultant I've been a Wine Consultant at Spec's for over 30 years. My goal is for each customer to leave with what they need, while feeling comfortable, satisfied and happy. I provide a personal shopper experience, and help customers with everything from party planning, wine pairings, choosing the perfect gift, and building and stocking wine cellars. Bear Dalton - Fine Wine Buyer I've been in the wine business for over 35 years and became Spec's Fine Wine Buyer in 1996. I get to travel the world learning from winemakers and grape growers, and then I get to share my knowledge with Spec's customers. My wine friends think I am quite the cowboy, but my cowboy friends know I am quite the wine guy. Chris Detmore - Spirits Buyer Spirits are my specialty, especially bourbons and scotches. Originally from Katy, and I’ve worked at Spec’s for over 5 years. When I’m not at work, I enjoy going to concerts. James C. Barlow - Wine Manager I’m originally from Pittsburg, and I’ve worked at Spec’s for the past 10 years. I truly enjoy opening up customers to new experiences and watching their palates evolve. I am 1 of only 350 Certified Wine Educators in the world. Outside of work, I spend my time doing anything and everything my 2-year-old son is into at the moment. Joey Williams - Beer Expert I’m originally from Houston so I was able to watch Spec’s grow into what it is today. I’ve worked here for over five years and I’m currently the Beer Department Manager. What I love about my job is sharing my interest and passion for craft beer with people. I especially enjoy proving people wrong when they tell me “I’m not a beer drinker.” Levi Castello - Beer Expert While my title says Beer Expert, I fancy myself a matchmaker of sorts—I match customers with the perfect beer for their taste and occasion. I love that moment when I help someone find a new beer that's a lot like their favorite, but even better. When I'm not slinging brew, I collect vintage gaming consoles and write adventure games. Marcos Pena - Wine Manager I’ve worked in the allocated wine field for 10 years. I love the challenge of hunting for the rare wines and limited editions, and the opportunity to completely change someone’s day. My free time is usually spent on the golf course with family and friends, followed by some quality wine time.