Jesse Rodriguez is an award-winning beverage professional known for his combination of world-class tastes and sensibilities with his down-to-earth soulfulness. He is an Advanced Sommelier by the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers, is credentialed as a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) by the Society of Wine Educators, a Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS), and has his diploma from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust (DipWSET).
He earned a master’s in education (M.Ed.) in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University. Jesse’s early degree in Archaeology dovetailed into his studies and profound appreciation in the ways in which we as a culture enjoy, critique and build businesses around wine.
Prior to establishing Kaizen Wine Group in South Carolina, Rodriguez managed luxury resort and fine dining restaurant beverage programs across California. During his tenure in Southern California, Rodriguez was awarded the inaugural Wine Spectator Grand Award for both Studio at Montage Laguna Beach and Addison at The Grand Del Mar. In addition, his beverage programs were the first in both Orange County and San Diego to be nominated for the James Beard Award: Outstanding Wine Service.
In Northern California, Rodriguez was the Head Sommelier at Napa Valley’s The French Laundry and was a part of the Thomas Keller team that received their first Three Michelin Star rating.