Dave Baloun is a seasoned wine educator and served on the adjunct faculty at Stark State College where he taught Wine Appreciation classes. Dave’s passion for wine and the lifestyle surrounding it goes back over 30 years, sparked after college while living in Northern California. Since then, Dave has traveled around the world, learning about and immersing himself in global wine culture. Dave developed the curriculum for the wine courses he taught and can develop similar curricula or faculty trainings for other educational institutions, clubs or groups. His goal is always to personally educate and help others discover the best way to enjoy wines from all over the world on their own terms.
Our definition of Elevage is elevating the business and enjoyment of wine. To us, that means helping others learn about something we love in a passionate, engaging and fun way. We believe wine doesn’t have to be some mysterious, inaccessible, stuffy concept—rather, it can be something to share, talk about, learn about and experiment with to make meals and life just a little bit better every day. For us, our greatest satisfaction is the paying it forward part of sharing that knowledge with others. It’s why we do what we do, and we look so forward to passing that on to you.