More than just "cork dorks:" Local sommeliers explain what makes a wine great (PHOTOS)

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 04:00 PM.

His motivation in becoming a sommelier was to teach about, buy and sell wine.

The most challenging aspect in achieving certification for him were the laws, and remembering all the book information.

He is not done, however, as he plans to go higher in certification by eventually pursuing his certification as a Certified Wine Educator from the Society of Wine Educators. He will not pursue a higher level with the Court of Master Sommeliers, though.

"Credentials are good to have when you are looking for a new job or doing a press release," he said.

In everyday life, Moran manages Crush, and says he faces "the everyday challenge of predicting and avoiding human error on his part and his staff's."

If he were not a sommelier, Moran said he would want to be a chef.

"I first wanted to be a chef, then my attention turned to the front of the house operations, and then to wine," he said.

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