Advanced Sommelier Richard Paladino is enjoying “a first” in his long career in the wine industry. In 2011 he teamed up with former colleague Master Sommelier Virginia Philip to serve as the Resident Sommelier & Instructor at her eponymous boutique wine academy in downtown West Palm Beach. The Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy offers Paladino a unique opportunity to serve as an educator to other wine lovers. At the boutique shop, Paladino devotes one-on-one time with clients, passing on his knowledge and teaching them about his latest wine discovery. He also loves a wine challenge – such as the hunt for a rare wine for a client. Richard now devotes a great deal of his time as a wine educator in the academy portion of the business.