In addition to establishing award-winning beverage programs for fine restaurants, he is a freelance writer, appraises private cellars, assists wineries in putting together their final blends, and is on a three-person panel that selects products for several of the country's most respected wine clubs. He is also a judge at several wine and spirits competitions, and considered an authority on single malt whisky. He served as wine & spirits editor for Millionaire Magazine and as a faculty member at the Brown-Forman Center for Global Wine Education. In 2003, he produced the first wine (a Spring Mountain Cabernet) under his own label.
Bowery still loves the ever-humbling sport of blind tasting and is a regular participant at the annual California Wine Tasting Championships. Consistently finishing in the top three, he, described by event organizers as a “perennial champion,” has won that competiti¬on's professional division eight times.