Keith Goldston who is one of the only 70 Master Sommeliers in the world is visiting Mumbai to conduct workshops with Sula Wines and the Taj Staff. Contact Sula for more information and continue reading to learn more about Keith Goldston.
In March 2001 Keith Goldston became America’s 47th Master Sommelier. He is the proud recipient of the illustrious Krug Cup trophy. The Krug Cup is awarded for passing all three parts of the exam (theory, tasting and practical), on the first attempt. This had not been done in over ten years. Although Keith is currently one of the world’s youngest Master Sommeliers, he brings with him more than 18 years experience working for a variety of prestigious and award winning restaurants & wineries. Born and raised in Napa Valley and with experience ranging from a busboy, to waiting tables, to writing award-winning wine lists, to consulting for wineries, professional wine training and lecturing; Keith has developed an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the food and wine worlds. Wine Spectator has called him “a wizard at matching food with interesting wines”.
Keith’s first exposure to fine dining was Domaine Chandon one of Napa Valley’s top restaurants. It was here that Keith learned the art of service and the details of fine dining. Moving to San Francisco Keith was then recruited by Masa’s, named “The best French Restaurant in the country”, by the San Francisco Chronicle. Working with the “James Beard Award” winning Chef Julian Serrano, Keith learned the high level of commitment it takes to be the best, five nights a week, 12 months a year. In 1993 Keith was offered a position at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago Las Vegas. Spago was an exciting change of pace that incorporated quality with quantity, where one million dollars a month in total revenue was the norm. Keith’s passion and knowledge of wine created the opportunity of managing Spago’s award winning wine program and assisting with the opening and managing of Chinios’s award winning wine program. The opening of Bellagio reunited Keith with Chef Julian Serrano at the crown jewel restaurant Picasso. Keith was an integral part of the development and opening of Picasso’s wine program. In Picasso’s first year of operation they were named by Esquire magazine as “restaurant of the year”. In the year to follow Picasso garnered the prestigious Mobil 5 Star award, one of only 17 in America and a first for Las Vegas. Picasso has also been recognized by Wine Spectator as one of the “top ten best restaurants in America”. In late 2000 Keith left Picasso to focus his time and energy on the Master Sommelier exam.
Since passing the Masters Exam Keith has been involved in a variety of projects, many of them with star Chef Charlie Palmer. Keith has worked at Charlie’s Las Vegas restaurants; Charlie Palmer Steak and Aureole with its “wine tower” and digital wine list featuring over 4000 different wines. Keith was also hired to open Charlie Palmer Steak Washington D.C. For Charlie Palmer Steak DC, Keith created the “all-American wine list”; offering over 800 wines all exclusively produced in the U.S.A. Recently Keith and Charlie have teamed up to produce a series of private-label wines. Keith loves to educate and lecture and has been seen at UNLV, Crystal Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and the Court of Master Sommeliers Courses. Keith has also formed Vino Monkey Productions, a production company with a focus on wine. Keith now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys taking time out for a baseball game, a ride on his Ducati, and most importantly family, friends, good food and great wine!