Sommelier, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
As Sommelier for The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Jorge Tinoco combines his passion for wine with his dedication to educating guests and staff alike on the myriad possibilities for pairing fine wine with gourmet cuisine. Tinoco works closely with the inspirations provided by Chef Matt Greco to create a wine list that complements the daily changing menu.
The result of this creative partnership is The Restaurant’s frequently updated list of more than 750 fine West Coast wines, featuring selections from all California appellations and some Northwest wine regions. The wine list has won the prestigious Restaurant Hospitality Award in 2005 and 2006, and the Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence “For an Outstanding Wine List” every year since The Restaurant’s opening in 1986 and is known as one of the most extensive wine menus in Northern California.
Tinoco oversees the extensive training and education of The Restaurant’s servers, imparting his passion and knowledge for wine selection and service. Wine training and education for the staff includes sessions on wine service etiquette, wine history and sensory evaluation.
Jorge also selects The Restaurants micro-brews, spirits, fresh signature cocktails, mineral-waters and cigars.
Tinoco joined The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards as a bartender in 1996. He graduated from the San Francisco School of Bartending in 2005 and has also studied winemaking at Napa Valley College. Currently, Tinoco is enrolled at the Court of Master Sommeliers to further expand his wine knowledge, tasting and service, and is pursuing his Masters in Wine, a title that only a small percentage of professional sommeliers achieve. He has been featured in the Sommeliers’ Guide to Restaurants in America, most recently in its 5th edition and has recently received his Advanced Sommelier Certificate” for the United States Sommelier Association. In his free time, Jorge is a home winemaker.