Somm's List

Charlie Berg

The full realization of my God-given purpose and potential while loving and serving others.
Court of Master Sommeliers . Level 3 Advanced Sommelier
Court of Master Sommeliers. New York City, New York. Advanced Sommelier
Eleven Madison Park. New York City, New York. Sommelier
Wine Service- Restaurant
Wine Service- Management
Wine Service- Bar or Wine Bar
Wine Educator
Wine Judge
Wine and Food Pairing
Collectibles and Rare Wine
Inventory Management
Regional Expertise: Germany
Regional Expertise: France
Regional Expertise: Portugal
Regional Expertise: Italy
Regional Expertise: Eastern Europe
Regional Expertise: Washington
Regional Expertise: Spain
The full realization of my God-given purpose and potential while loving and serving others.
Moment One: opening a copy of Windows On The World Wine Course, in my early twenties and realizing that the world of wine encompassed everything I loved; people, travel, geography, anthropology, language, chemistry... Moment Two: I attended a wine trade event early in my career, where I met Nicolas Potel. He poured me a taste of his 2005 Grands Echezeaux, it was ethereal and transformative--I realized wine was far more than just a drink, it was a form of living energy.
3-time Finalist in Ruinart Competition
Washington Post November 2016, 'Last Call..."
2-time Finalist in Sud de France Competition, NYC
Featured Star Sommelier at the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, August 2012
Wine Spectator, June 2009 'Cellars 101: Getting Organized'
Featured speaker at the Virginia Wine Summit with Steven Spurrier, October 2012
Featured speaker at the Virginia Wine Summit with Oz Clarke, October 2014
Wine Spectator, October 2016 'Best Places for Wine in NYC'
Charlie Berg
Charlie Berg
Houston, TX
United States


Charlie Berg is a Sommelier on the top wine team in the world, at Eleven Madison Park restaurant in New York City. Eleven Madison Park was named the number one restaurant in the world earlier this year by the Pellegrino World 50 Best organization.
Charlie grew up in south-west Virginia with his five siblings, attended classes at Emory & Henry College, and worked his first job at the age of sixteen at Paul Price Carpets in Abingdon, Virginia.
Charlie got his start in the world of professional sommeliers at the Troutdale Dining Room in Bristol, Tennessee in his early twenties beginning as a server and working his way up to becoming the first dedicated wine professional at that well-known dining institution. From the Troutdale, Charlie was scouted by two talented chefs from Chicago's Alinea and Charlie Trotter's gastronomic temples to be the sommelier and front of house manager at their new project: the re-envisioned Town House restaurant, owned by successful local business owners Tom and Kyra Bishop. Town House went on to national acclaim, including articles in the New York Times, and the cover of Food & Wine magazine.             
In 2011 Charlie passed the Advanced exam of the elite Court of Master Sommeliers, joining the ranks of only 400 wine professionals world-wide to have passed this incredibly difficult 5 day examination process--on the first attempt. This led to a scholarship from the prestigious French Culinary Institute in New York City, and a job offer from Chef Michael Mina to join the management team at his Four Seasons Hotel Georgetown-based concept restaurant, Bourbon Steak in Washington, D.C.  
Berg attended classes in New York three days a week while working in Washington, taking the nightly 'Chinatown bus', getting his sleep on the four hour commute--"one of the most difficult things I've done".
         While attending the French Culinary Institute, Charlie caught the attention of the vice president and PR director of world renown farm-to-table destination: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, on the Rockefeller's agricultural research farm 30 minutes north of New York City. He was approached to be the Head Sommelier of that world-level restaurant with Beverage Director Charles Puglia, in 2013. During Charlie's tenure at Blue Hill, he went on to be recognized at several national competitions including the Sud de France and Ruinart Champagne Challenge, pass the theory portion of the Master Sommelier Exam, as well as earn the Grand Award from the Wine Spectator publication, and catapult Blue Hill to the number 11 spot on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
In October of 2016 Berg was selected to join the wine team at Eleven Madison Park, in New York City. This group of elite somms was chosen for that famous restaurant's final assault on the number one position for best restaurant in the world. On April, 5th 2017, in Melbourne Australia, that dream was realized. 

Reasons for returning to his home town include 'time for preparing to pass the Master Somm Exam , and to spend time with family that I haven't seen in years'.
He is returning to the Bristol area in May, with his beautiful wife Anastasia Berg, a Screen Actor's Guild qualified, full-time actress who got her start in commercial, stage, and film acting in New York City. 
Charlie will be available for restaurant, wine program, and personal-cellar consulting help for the time he is in the area.