The "Washington Road Trip" - 2008
As a Sommelier for over 25 years, John has had the privilege of working with some of America's finest restaurants, clubs, and resorts including The Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, MT and Sea Island Georgia's famed Cloister Dining Room. In 2001, John lead an expert wine team in opening the renowned Sea Island Lodge, helping earn the coveted Forbes Five-Star and Five Diamond ratings three years running.
In 2007 John passed the rigorous master's theory examination from the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers followed by the difficult master's blind tasting exam in 2008. He is currently working toward completion of his Master Sommelier diploma.
While serving as Yellowtone Club’s Wine Director, John helped create one-of-a-kind wine events with some of the world's most celebrated winemakers, chefs, and culinary personalities.
John’s involvement with wine has taken him to almost every notable wine region in the world, but it is the Cote d'Or or "Golden Slope" of Burgundy that impacts him most.
He continues fueling that love of wine today through his company Golden Slope, which provides wine education, access, and enjoyment to wine lovers of all levels.