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 Mike Ward 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.
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 studied winemaking at Napa Valley College. Tinoco has received the Level 3 Advanced Degree from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and the Advanced Degree from the US Sommelier Association. He has also achieved his Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Degree from the Society of Wine Educators and the C.S. from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Currently, Tinoco 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. In his free time Jorge loves to dine at other restaurants that feature a Master Sommelier such as RN74 in San Francisco and Pujol in Mexico City, this year’s #20 rated restaurant in the world according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.