Owner and proprietor, Sal Medina started his career as an educator and it was here that his attraction to continuous learning took root. While teaching, Sal took a job in a local wine shop to satisfy his desire to understand the art of the wine business. His curiosity grew into a passion, as it was the same lure of the educational realm that captivated his attention for the grape, as wine is alive, always changing, and always surprising you.
After tasting his way throughout the wine regions of the world, stopping ever so often to spend time with EV, Sal waited until the perfect space opened up in 2007 in the
Packing House, right in the heart of downtown Claremont to open his own shop. Rack by rack, Sal and EV slowly grew their inventory. A loyal stream of customers turned to Sal for his expertise on wine, and his fair and honest approach to doing business.
Four years into the success of Packing House Wines, it became clear that more space would be needed to accommodate an ever-growing inventory and the demand for a kitchen. Over the next year, Sal and EV slowly expanded into a neighboring space in the Packing House, completing much of the work themselves. In the fall of 2011, the expansion was complete, and Packing House Wines unveiled the new space, menu, and phase of its history.
With a selection of wine unparalleled in California, it has been through Sal and EV’s dedication to quality and evolution that has positioned Packing House Wines as a premier resource for wine drinkers and collectors on the regional and national level.