Episode 35: Jeff Coggin – Courage to Confront Reality Head-on
Jeff is a wine sommelier, travel advisor and co-owner of Coggin Travels, specialists in pairing wine with travel.
In 2019, Jeff joined his wife Cindy’s travel advisor business after retiring from Enterprise Holdings where he enjoyed a 35-year career.
With Enterprise, Jeff and his sales team enjoyed a decade of prodigious growth culminating in his 2019 retirement. Market share in his channel grew from 31% to 47% with sales growing from $800 million to $1.25 billion.
Jeff then turned to his new career as a travel advisor, using the pandemic travel slowdown as an opportunity to focus on education and training. In 2020, Jeff earned recognition as an Accredited Cruise Counselor from the Cruise Lines International Association, as a Certified
North America Destination Specialist by the Travel Institute and as a Verified Travel Advisor by the American Society of Travel Advisors.
Jeff developed an appreciation for wine over his lifetime of travels and his enthusiasm was amplified by a series of European wine cruises, with his wife Cindy, through wine regions such as Bordeaux, Rhone and Mosel. Inspired by what he had already learned from these trips, Jeff
began training as a wine sommelier culminating in his earning a Level 2 Award in Wine from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.
If you love wine and travel, let Jeff and Coggin Travels guide you through the Rhone river valley to learn the different wine appellations of Northern Rhone and taste the fine Hermitage and Cote Rotie wines. Jeff can lead you along the Mosel, to learn about fine German Rieslings which carry the label Kabinett, Spatlese and Auslese. Jeff can even take you to Northern Italy, near Venice, to learn about the different Valpolicella wines and how the distinctive Amarone is made using the appassimento wine making method.
If these trips sound like you, visit coggintravels.com to learn more about our hosted and featured small ship cruises and sign up for Coggin Travels mailing list to receive ongoing wine and travel inspiration.
You can find out more about Jeff and the travel opportunities they have planned at the Coggin Travels website: http://coggintravels.com