August 24 - 26, 2023

Chris Rowe

ABOUT

Chris began his career in the hospitality industry while attending Boston University for his Hotel and Restaurant Management Degree. He moved to Chicago in 1990 where he worked for Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group. While in Chicago his interest turned to wine where he began his studies at the Chicago Wine School. Upon moving to Denver, he worked for the California Café and established a wine school for public wine education and later expanded to The Seasoned Chef and a wine educator for City Wine while starting his own company, Barique. Barique, focused on all aspects of restaurant and wine education, consulting; as well private and commercial wine storage design and collecting. After thirteen years in the restaurant business, extensive travel, and a dedication to the court of Master Sommelier Program (of which he has reached the advanced level) he dedicated his interests full time to Wine and Spirits education and sales. His career on the wholesale side of the wine world began in 2001 as the Director of Education and continued for 4 & 1/2 years at Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado as both the Director of Education and Vice President of the Signature division. It was with Southern that Chris became acquainted with the wines of Old Bridge Cellars, its winemakers, and families. He is now charged with the full-time sales, promotion, and education of that portfolio with a team of four that covers half the country.