141 Pitman St. Providence, RI 02906 // 401.372.2030 // Mon-Sat 9am-10pm Sun 10am-6pm

At Bottles we take our beverages seriously, diving into the difficult task of sampling products before we put them on the shelf. It’s tough work, but we have to make sure everything meets our seal of approval! We’re passionate about wine, beer and spirits and are thrilled to have enthusiastic customers share our thirst!

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Gil Maclean

Proprietor

Co-creator of Stirrings, the all-natural cocktail mixer brand, Gil has been dedicated to making cocktails accessible and enjoyable. It is with this same founding principal that he approached the creation of Bottles. "I couldn't understand why we didn't have a world class liquor store in Providence. I created a place where I wanted to shop: interesting, seasonal and educational with a large selection at a great price."

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Jeff Weiss

Chief Marketing Officer

Jeff started his career at Harpoon Brewery and 25+ years later - with a few stops along the way - he arrived at Bottles. A recent veteran of global brands including Clarks and Bostonian Footwear, Jeff leads our efforts in delivering creative environments and experiences meant to help our customers navigate the beverage world in-store, online and everywhere in between. Jeff still enjoys an IPA every now and again or just about anything you can drop an olive or ice into.

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Eric Taylor

Director of Operations

Eric has traveled all over the world exploring wineries and working at acclaimed restaurants such as Spiaggia in Chicago and Wild Ginger in Seattle. Eric's favorite part about his job is education, and has led wine classes on every topic, from Wine 101 to the Wine Olympics, helping customers unlock the mystery of their taste preferences. Most recently, Eric was named Board President of the Rhode Island Sommelier Society, an organization he helped found. He's incredibly passionate about rieslings and vodka, which he sometimes enjoys together, with oysters.

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Liam Maloney

Director of Merchandising & Partnerships

A native Rhode Islander (with the quahog tattoo to prove it), Liam spent his early career in the kitchens of Manhattan and Brooklyn, working as a breakfast & brunch cook while earning his BFA. The BFA didn’t pay the bills, so he kept on with kitchen life until he worked his way to chef at a specialty food shop in Cobble Hill. He learned about cheese, and beer, and after a while got married at the Brooklyn Brewery and moved back to Rhode Island. Tired of living as a classically untrained chef, he ran the cheese counter at Farmstead for several years before taking over the beer department at Bottles. In his current role, Liam does his best to make sure his customers drink the best beer, whiskey, wine, and spirits we can get in Rhode Island. He lives at home with his wife, two kids, and a snaggle-toothed dog named Ziggy.

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Kathryn McManus

Director of Marketing

Katie has worn many hats in the culinary, wine and restaurant worlds over the past 20 years -- in wine education, marketing, pr, cheese-monging, and event and retail management, among others -- and loves nothing more than exploring, enjoying, sharing, and talking to others about food and wine. Though she's open to trying anything, she's an acid freak who loves Mosel Rieslings, Champagne and a good Chianti Classico Riserva.

Josh Shields

General Manager

Josh's route to Bottles includes stops at fine wine shops in both Western MA and Boston, and Bern's Steak House in Tampa, FL. There, Josh oversaw a 750,000 bottle list and warehouse - the largest working wine cellar in the world - and was part of the team that garnered the steakhouse the 2016 James Beard Award for Excellence in Wine Service. Josh loves to broaden his beverage education with travel, and in that search has been to Argentina, California, Czech Republic, Ireland, Turkey, and France -  most recently working the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux. He is as much a history-nerd as he is a cork-dork, and is happy to chat about either!

Alex McIlwee

Beer Manager

As Beer Manager, Alex wants to help you pair beer & wine with anything from vegan burgers to wagu. Though she is passionate about the beverage industry, cooking is her one true love (aside from her pup and kitten). She is well-versed in Spanish and Portuguese wines and can tell you all about the organics, biodynamics, and sulfites of the wine world. Most likely to be found with food in her mouth and a glass of wine in her hands.

Melissa Principe

Wine Director
Melissa is a native Chicagoan who relocated to Rhode Island in late 2017 to give life on the East Coast a try. Prior to making the road trip to Providence with her co-pilot Piccolo (a two-year-old mini black lab), Melissa was in charge of the wine, beer and spirits programs for a popular speciality market chain of stores all throughout Illinois. She has scads of hospitality experience, having served as a General Manager and Sommelier at various restaurants in Chicagoland, and was the Wine Director for the award-winning Tasting Room/Randolph Wine Cellars in Chicago. Melissa has traveled extensively to some of the world's leading wine regions, including Italy, Spain, Chile, Argentina and Germany, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Belgium. Her experience working two harvests in Oregon means she knows a thing or two about pinot noir. Melissa has seven (seven!) older brothers, loves Sicilian and South American wines, is studying for her Masters of Wine, is a crappy home-brewer (so maybe don't ask her about that) but is a killer bocce player.

Michael Romano

Assistant Manager
Michael strives to be a resource in the wine and spirits realm, seeking to unravel the complexities of culture and science that make the beverage industry so fascinating and convoluted. While he specializes in Italian wine, he is excited to guide and empower consumers to find the best bottles for their needs. He views every glass poured as its own celebration, and every celebration should be perfect just for you!

 

Dan Welch

Assistant Manager 

Dan joined Bottles as an intern in early 2015 and look at him now! He got his start in the hospitality world by working in a kitchen, which led him to Johnson and Wales' culinary program, from which he graduated. While there, he was bit by the wine & beer bug, and the rest is history. Dan's your man if you're looking for New England style IPAs, Hefeweizens & Belgian beers, and has a soft spot in his heart for Cotes du Rhone reds, rosés and wines off the beaten path. Ditto Bruce Springsteen and his dog, Charlie. 

Kate Miceli

Wine Assistant
Looking for a wine to pair with Sichuan cuisine - or to bring to your sister's bachelorette? Kate's the one to help you with those tasks, and all in between. She has completed Level 1 in the Court of Master Sommeliers, has plans to continue (Go Kate!), and shares her knowledge of and passion for wine with guests everyday. Before delving into the beverage industry, she worked in various restaurants as a cook for 8 years. One of her favorite experiences was in Disney World which prepared her to deliver top-level customer service in any situation. Kate's partial to dessert wines and wines from Italy, and when she's not at the store you can usually find her seeking out the best "hole in the wall," restaurants around town, baking bagels at home, watching horror movies, and playing with her pug.

Don Schmidt

Wine Sales

Boasting 45 years in the beverage industry, Don is a wonderful  resource for staff and customers alike. He is a Rhode Island living legend, his reputation for thoughtful recommendations and expertise is the reason customers travel from all over to chat with him about wines from every region, in every varietal. Don enjoys great German beers and Northern Rhone wines. A Scotch connoisseur, his favorite is Glenfiddich 18 year.

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Gaby Mollinedo

Graphic Designer

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Mia Bernardo

Engraving Director

Previously a Front Desk Team Member at Bottles, then a Manager, and now Engraving Director, Mia's the one in our in-house engraving studio who designs beautiful custom engraved bottles and glassware for clients across the country. Though these days she's more into weight-lifting than drinking wine, she does believe that chartreuse is the pinnacle of human invention bar none, and would celebrate her last meal on earth by eating charcuterie and cheese with a fancy Madeira. One of the best parts about her engraving gig? Customizing Champagne bottles with funny and clever messages.