Justin Vann does not have a romantic story about how he worked in his grandfather’s wine shop, or visited Montrachet when he was twelve and suddenly realized his destiny. He did not grow up around fine
beverages. He still does not own a passport, nor has he ever visited a winery. The only grapes he has actually seen growing out of the ground were at MS Guy Stout’s Vineyard in Texas.
That being said, Justin holds numerous certifications for Wine, Liquor, and recently Beer (Advanced Sommelier and Master Sommelier candidate, CWE, CSS and more). He has been immersed in the wine industry since being hired as a Sommelier at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse at the age of 22. After being promoted to Wine Director in 2009, he managed the wine list for a year. He currently oversees the Wine & Beer Department at Central Market.
Justin is guided by a joyful, and near pathological, obsession with studying all alcohol and its interaction with food.