Jason Smith is a Certified Sommelier, Walter Clore Scholar, and a Certified Specialist of wine. Before making a decisive career switch to wine, Jason worked in film, photography, social services, theater production, fine art, and many restaurant kitchens. His passion for wine began innocently when, disappointed by a hastily purchased bottle leftover from a recipe calling for a single cup, Jason picked up a wine book. A few cautious pages in, rabid curiosity and an obsessive nature took over.
It happened slowly, beginning with weekend work at a wine bar and shop, leading to full time work as a restaurant server and, finally, full-service bartender. Along the way, he carried and served countless plates of food, hushed crying children, cleared tables, and attended to any task required, logging thousands of miles commuting by bicycle. What he found was an astonishing capacity for the simple service of food and drink to communicate care, confer enjoyment, and elevate sustenance to a gesture of affection.
Now, in a marriage of disciplines, Jason continues on as a Sommelier, grateful for the chance to do justice to wine's role at the table. He is proud to be part of the orchestrated dance that provides a stage for what wine does best: bring the world to us as a drinkable document of all the hands, history, and labor joined in its creation.
In between work and sleep, he’ll go as far as his bicycle will carry him. You’ll see it parked outside wine shops, libraries, restaurants, coffeehouses and close to cherished friends and loved ones. The rest of the time, he’s probably cooking. It’s what got him in all this trouble to begin with.