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Kimpton Master Sommelier Emily Wines
Kimpton Master Mixologist Jacques Bezuindenhout

Kimpton Master Sommelier Emily Wines

Emily Wines' lifelong passion for wine started in her hometown of Seattle and followed her down to San Francisco and a job with Kimpton Hotels and Restuarants. She was quickly promoted to Wine Director of Kimpton's Fifth Floor restaurant in 2005. During her tenure, Fifth Floor's wine list earned the prestigious Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine, and the restaurant was nominated for the Outstanding Wine Service award by the James Beard Foundation

In 2008, Emily Wines became one of only 96 people in the United States to earn the designation of Master Sommelier. She was awarded the prestigious Remi Krug cup for passing all three sections of the certification exam on her first attempt, one of only two women to achieve this remarkable feat.

For Saltbox, Emily has assembled a wine list to compliment our chef's menu. Short by design and carefully selected, her Saltbox wine list is easy to choose from and hard to go wrong with.

Kimpton Master Mixologist Jacques Bezuindenhout

Jacques began his career as a bartender in the mid-90s, working in bars and restaurants in his native South Africa before moving to London, where the making of drinks is considered a profession rather than a job. A graduate of the prestigious BAR program, directed by Paul Pacult, Steve Olsen, Dale DeGroff, Dave Wondrich and Doug Frost, Bezuindenhout would relocate to San Francisco where he became the opening consultant for a number of respected bars and restaurants.

Most recently, Jacques has taken on the role of Master Mixologist for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants' nearly 50 restaurants and bars throughout the country As the chief consultant for Kimpton's brand-wide beverage program, Jacques oversees the company's individual and national spirits menus and works closely with newly opened Kimpton restaurants and bars on training staff and developing cocktails that reflect each individual location and concept.