Our Sommelier Program
Our Sommelier program began in 2017 when Jeffrey Baldwin joined the business as Director of Operations. He knew that the ‘owner’s son’ had to bring more to the table than just a Bachelors of Business Administration from Northwood University. He knew he had to bring a skillset that would strengthen the brand. With over half of our beverage sales in wine, he knew becoming SOMM would add the most value to the business.
It was ambitious for Jeffrey to gain his certification in 4 months and after completion of it, we knew it was scalable. We created a sponsorship program covering half of the exam for any employee interested. Today we now have 14 level 1 Sommeliers! Now any day that we are open we have an expert on staff that can speak intelligently so that you receive the elevated experience.
When you think about it, we have so many wine options at both Testa Barra and J.Baldwins. It can be intimidating! Ordering wine at restaurants ourselves, we feel your pain. Our goal is to offer the expertise that will make your drinking decisions delicious and worthwhile.
Our Somm team aims to provide our guests with the information you need to make your experience memorable. Are you looking for wine to pair with food? Are you looking to try something new? Or maybe just looking to enjoy a nice glass of Cab? Look no further with Baldwin Restaurant Group and our trusted team of wine experts!