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VETERAN OWNED BUSINESSES: Corey Christman, Owner of Bravery Wines, Penn Yan

SEP 27 2023 Winemaker Corey Christman with his wines

U.S. Air Force
By Mary Beth Roach

Air Force veteran Corey Christman has uncorked his interest in winemaking and is producing his own brand, Bravery Wines.

A 1991 Oswego High School grad, the Scriba native entered the Air Force in 1992 and he spent most of his 20-year career as a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, with various assignments in the U.S., Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Toward the end of his military career, he started dabbling in homemade wine-making. It piqued his interest, he said.

Immediately upon retiring, he worked in the corporate world for about three years, while taking classes at Washington State University and working part-time at the family-owned Anthony Road Wine Company in Penn Yan on Seneca Lake.

Though he had tried the corporate world, he was quick to realize it wasn’t a good fit for him.

“Primarily I wanted the ability to start my own opportunity, wanted the ability to pick my own teammates and to work on something that I was passionate about. I think business ownership gives you the opportunity,” he said.

See more at the Oswego County Business Magazine.