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STREACKER SHARES LOVE OF WINE

Rebecca Streacker serves wine at her new shop, Wine Wisdom, in the back of Pancho's. (The Pilot/Marjorie Woodfin).
Rebecca Streacker serves wine at her new shop, Wine Wisdom, in the back of Pancho's. (The Pilot/Marjorie Woodfin).

By Marjorie Woodfin

Pilot staff writer

Rebecca Streacker, proprietor of the Wine Wisdom store located at the back of Pancho's Mexican Restaurant, loves wine.

Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m., Streaker shares that love with guests who come in to sample her wines.

"I am a wine retailer with an emphasis on Oregon wines, but I also have wines from all over the world," she explained. "My niche is finding the best wines for the dollar, and I don't follow scores."

How did a butcher from Phillipsburg, Kan., end up educating clients about fine wines in Brookings?

It was Rebecca's love of gourmet cooking that led her into her romance with fine wines. "At first it was a matter of finding the right wine to accompany my meal, but then it turned into planning my menu to accompany my chosen wine," she explained.

As for ending up in Brookings, that was a somewhat accidental sidebar to attending a family wedding in Novato, Calif.

When her husband, Ken, first suggested spending two weeks in the Pacific Northwest following the wedding, she said she told him, "Who goes to Oregon for a vacation?" She said she was thinking more in terms of the Bahamas.

Ken finally broke her down, however, and she, being an inveterate planner, had plans for a trek throughout the Northwest, with every stop planned. But those plans were trashed after the couple spent a night at the Best Western Beachfront Inn in Harbor.

"It's like a postcard here,"she said about Brookings-Harbor. When they returned home, Rebecca discovered that the company for which she worked as a butcher had been sold to the competition. She said she didn't want to work for the competition. They had done a little daydreaming while in Brookings, and Ken put his name on the cable grapevine and the first call he received was from Crescent City. He accepted a job installing cable fiber optics from Crescent City to Port Orford. Within four months they packed up their three children and headed for the Oregon Coast.

Ken currently is the owner of Diamond Communications.

Rebecca, who has a day job as senior support technician at Companion Link Software, began to think about a wine shop.

She put together a business plan, but she said it just wasn't feasible until Barbara and Waid Woodruff remodeled Pancho's and offered her a space for her business.

It is truly a dream come true that allows her to continue to learn more about a variety of wines, and to share her delight with others, helping them to pair the most appropriate wines with a menu. She even provides gourmet recipes for her clients.

Examples of favorite wines she offers include, Pino Noir from Oregon, which she says is the best in the world, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Shiraz from Australia, Chianti from Italy, and a Mosel Reisling from Germany.

Rebecca extends an invitation to drop in anytime during open hours and enjoy an intimate wine tasting experience.

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