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Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon Joins Retailer Plum Market To Direct Wine Operations

July 12, 2011

Madeline Triffon has taken a new job as master sommelier at Plum Market, the Michigan-based gourmet retailer. Triffon, North America’s first-ever certified female master sommelier, will be involved in selecting wines for in-store and online retail operations. She’ll also direct local wine tastings and events and serve as corporate wine educator.

Plum Market, which launched in 2007, has three upscale grocery stores in Bloomfield, West Bloomfield and Ann Arbor, Michigan. The operation reported sales of over $50 million last year, with beverage alcohol accounting for more than $10 million of that total, led by wine. Owners Marc and Matthew Jonna were named Market Watch Retail Leaders last year. Their father Ed Jonna, former owner of Detroit-area retailer Merchant of Vino, was named a Leader in 1984. “I’ve known and admired the Jonna family since I started in Detroit’s hospitality industry many years ago,” Triffon said. “I’m very happy to be collaborating with Marc and Matt at Plum Market.”

Triffon left Detroit’s Trowbridge Restaurant Group, where she was wine director, in June. Previously, she served as Director of Wine & Beverages for the Unique Restaurant Group and as wine steward at Detroit’s London Chop House. Triffon was named a master sommelier in 1987 by the British-based Court of Master Sommeliers and was then one of just two women in the world to hold that title.

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