Rick W. Baldwin; Beloved Founder, Master Street Sommelier (MSS)
World Class Wines opened in 2009 in Lake Oswego as a family business, spearheaded by Rick Baldwin. After almost 40 years in mortgage banking, Rick left to pursue his true passion for wine. At the time, he had amassed a mighty personal collection, one that literally overfilled his cellar. This allowed him to build a shop with wine of great breadth and depth, including diversity of vintages and varietals from around the world.
Rick proudly created an all-inclusive neighborhood wine shop that has produced many great friendships, exposure to fantastic wines at all price points, and many late nights…all while skipping out on pretentiousness.
Tragically, we lost Rick to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in June 2017… a loss that still hurts the many people he touched during his well-lived life. Through his parents, Fred & Shirley Baldwin, his son and daughter-in-law, Eric & Jamie Baldwin, the family business has been rebuilding World Class Wines in Rick's passion for wine in mind.
WCW continues to grow through retail bottle sales, weekly tastings, monthly tasting flights, glass pours and event hosting. Be sure to check out our calendar for updated tastings, live music & our once-a-month Trivia Night.
We invite you to come on in & stay awhile! Perhaps you'll discover your new favorite wine.