Richard began his unofficial involvement in wine with a stint in Sonoma Valley and a first crush in France back in 1976. Richard started his formal wine career in Vancouver in 1981 at Bridges Restaurant. His first job was working in the wine bar, subsequently taking on the role as wine buyer and bar manager. The opening of the Vancouver Mandarin Hotel in 1985 saw Richard managing the wine cellar and working the floor in Cristal, the dining room of this luxury hotel. In 1986, he moved to Alberta as an importer's agent for such wines as Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Hugel, and California's Opus One.
The creation in Alberta of one of the first privately owned wine boutique program proved to be attractive, and shortly after arriving in Alberta, Richard went to work with J. Webb Wine Merchant from 1986 until 1996. In 1996, Richard opened Metrovino, a downtown specialty wine store, alongside the Cookbook Company Cooks and their associated cooking school.
Currently, education occupies a great deal of Richard's time. In addition to teaching the International Sommelier Guild's Certificate degree he also gives regular wine classes as part of the Calgary Wine Academy. Richard is also a part time free lance wine writer.