American Sommelier is revolutionizing the way the world thinks about wine.
Committed to empowering both the consumer and professional to make informed and intelligent choices, the organization serves as a forum where all wine lovers may gather to speak as equals. The organization has been headquartered in New York City since 1998.
Newly established in Portland, American Sommelier is bringing high quality education to the industry professionals and curious consumers of Maine—beginning with a series of biweekly seminars in Fall 2013. In 2014 the curriculum expanded to include full length courses, in addition to weekend intensive programs.
American Sommelier offers a wide range of additional benefits to members of the organization. Each chapter hosts seminars, tastings, and networking opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills and to promote a vibrant wine community. Since 1998, American Sommelier has hosted the biennial “Best Sommelier in America” competition that recognizes excellence in the wine service industry.
The organization creates custom experiential and advisory services for individuals, groups, and corporations both in and out of the hospitality industry. From cellar consultation and wine list development to job placement and insider wine journeys, American Sommelier’s mission remains the same: to cultivate awareness, understanding, and appreciation for wine.
Chris Peterman, Founder and Director, ASA Maine
Chris was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, spending his childhood summers on the coast of Maine. His first experience working in restaurants was at a small, seasonal, coastal Maine restaurant where Chris returned every summer for 10 years.
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, Chris moved to the Maine coast full time before moving to New York City in 2008. In Manhattan, Chris enrolled in the education program offered by American Sommelier. He successfully completed both the Viticulture & Vinification and Blind Tasting Courses, before being offered a position on the Faculty. While in New York, Chris held positions as General Manager & Wine Director at Ouest, followed by Wine Director and Head Sommelier at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s OTTO. Upon moving back to Portland, Maine Chris was involved in the opening of Central Provisions and currently holds the position of Director of Operations for Cara Stadler's restaurant group which includes Tao Yuan Restaurant in Brunswick, ME and Bao Bao Dumpling House in Portland, ME.