Patrick Shabram first became familiar with the wine industry working for several three and four-star restaurants while attending college at the University of Colorado. Upon graduation, Mr. Shabram managed a three-star restaurant for nearly two years, which gave him the opportunity to help build and improve a wine list and spirit offerings.
After three years of living and working in Kobe, Japan, Mr. Shabram returned to the United States to pursue his Masters degree in Geography at San Jose State University. His Masters thesis on Russian River Valley viticulture created interest by a number of professionals in the wine industry. He started consulting with wine idustry professionals in 1998 upon completion of his thesis.
While at San Jose State, Mr. Shabram worked with Explore Technologies, Inc, playing an instrumental role in creating a ground breaking interactive globe for the educational market. Upon completion of his master's degree, Mr. Shabram accepted a market research position with Thompson Associates, providing location analysis, sales forecasts, and market strategies to a number of well-known national retailers including the Home Depot, Petsmart, Zany Brainy, and Crate & Barrel. Throughout the 2000's, Mr. Shabram continued to work in private industry including managing the Sales & Marketing Department at Modular Information Systems (Computer Consulting and Winery Management Software) along with his ongoing research in viticultural areas.
In 2010, after over a decade teaching as an adjunct instructor at Las Positas College in Livermore, California, and a year at Chabot College in Hayward, California, Mr. Shabram made the decision to enter academe full-time. Accepting a faculty position with South Plains Collge in Levelland, Texas, he relocated to Lubbock, Texas. In 2012, Professor Shabram accepted a position with Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, Colorado. He continues to work as geographic consultant in the wine industry, with most of his research in California.