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February/March 2015

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{ }  53 "Many of the people who travel to Pebble Beach are coming for that once-in-a-lifetime journey," says Wendy Heilmann, Director of Wine and Spirits for Pebble Beach Resorts. "Actually it's more of a pilgrimage," she adds reflectively, "to one of their bucket list golf destinations. But that experience shouldn't stop when they step off the 18th lawn. We owe them an exceptional dining experience with a knowledgeable staff. That's why on-going education and training is so important. We increase those opportunities by the numbers." Driving the Course Course by Meridith May photos by John Curley AT PEBBLE BEACH RESORTS, WINE EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION IS AN ACCESSIBLE GOAL FOR THE ENTIRE STAFF Mecca for sticks: Many golfers name the historic Pebble Beach Golf Links as a top choice for their bucket list of courses to play. Behind the scenes, more than 100 Pebble Beach Resorts staffers are fulfill- ing their own wine industry bucket lists and have at least passed their Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Course & Exam. I

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