Jason brings over 15 years of wine knowledge and experience to the Meteor team. As both sommelier and wine director at two of the Bay Areas most highly regarded restaurants, Gary Danko and Cyrus, and as Vice President of Vintrust Wine Management, he has traveled extensively in the world's classic wine regions buying, tasting and studying. Jason possesses invaluable insight into the business of fine and rare wine.
Jason received his bachelor's degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and went on to study poetry at San Francisco State University. During this time he worked with famed chef Paul Bertolli at Oliveto restaurant in Oakland, and discovered his true calling. Jason notes, "Studying wine offered a way to fuse all of my interests: history and geology, language and human creativity."
As Wine Director at Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco and Cyrus Restaurant in the Sonoma Wine Country, created two of the most extensive wine programs in the world. The were acclaimed for their depth in Italy, Burgundy and Bordeaux, with First Growth Chateau represented to the late 1800's. Restaurant Gary Danko was awarded the Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2001. Jason's wine programs were featured in many publications, including the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Food and Wine, and Wine and Spirits. Michael Bauer noted in his review of Cyrus Restaurant that "few sommeliers have Alexander's talent."
As Vice President of Wine Acquisitions at Vintrust Wine Managment Jason oversaw the development of the ecommerce retail program, sourcing wines from private clients, wineries, auctions and traditional distribution networks to build a robust and diverse portfolio. Jason developed and implemented Vintrust's operations in France, establishing a Negotiant house in Bordeaux, and developed the foundation for an online auction platform.
In March 2009, Jason resigned from his position at Vintrust and accepted an offer from Meteor Vineyard as their General Manager. We are happy to have his expertise.
Jason is an avid fan of the arts and is often found in the evenings at the theater. He notes that his perfect day is "surfing as the sun rises, driving to Squaw Valley for an afternoon of spring skiing, rushing back to San Francisco for an evening at the opera and then enjoying late night roast chicken and a great bottle of wine at NOPA."