Director of Adult Beverages, Corporate Office
Hank Beal is the executive buyer of adult beverages for Nugget Markets, overseeing a team of wine stewards and regular tasting events. Having been in the grocery business since 1972, he became the head of Nugget’s adult beverage department in 1988. As a Certified Wine Educator by the Society of Wine Educators, Hank has had the great fortune to travel to most of the world’s major wine regions, from the classic regions of Europe to those of South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This has allowed him to more fully understand the wines from these regions and gain firsthand knowledge to aid in his wine selections. As part of his trade, he has served as a judge at annual county and state fair wine competitions. When he is not at work, he enjoys running, cycling and—not surprisingly—collecting wine! Hank is also the coauthor of A Moveable Thirst: Tales and Tastes from a Season in Napa Wine Country.