Somm's List

Paul Tonacci

I am NJSomm, one of the best resources to learn about the great wines produced in New Jersey that YOU haven't tried yet!
American Wine Society. Loudon County, Virginia. Certified Wine Judge
Society of Wine Educators . Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits
Court of Master Sommeliers . Level 2 Certified Sommelier
AC Bottle Co. & The Iron Room. Atlantic City, NJ. Partner/Sommelir
Allied Beverage Group,. Carlstadt, NJ. Sales Representative
Tri-Vin Imports. Mt. Vernon, NY. Wine Consultant
Victory Selections. Cranbury, NJ. Wine Consultant
Gary's Wine & Marketplace. Wayne, NJ. Online Sales, Bordeaux Futures
Wine Service- Restaurant
Wine Sourcing and Purchasing
Wine Service- Management
Wine Retail
Wine List Creation
Wine Writer
Wine Educator
Tasting Room
Regional Expertise: Portugal
Wine Service- Bar or Wine Bar
Inventory Management
I am NJSomm, one of the best resources to learn about the great wines produced in New Jersey that YOU haven't tried yet!
Discovering my great uncle made a career of working in fine dining and wine service at one of the most storied restaurants in NYC: 21 Club! I looked at the wine list he put together and became inspired to forge my own path in this industry.
Paul Tonacci
Paul Tonacci
Atlantic City, NJ
United States

The Iron Room

I do it all for the grape! 
I've worked in the wine industry since 2008 and haven't looked back since; I started humbly stocking shelves in a liquor store and worked my way up to online sales and Bordeaux Futures. Then liquor/wine wholesale was calling me which I did for 6 years from the smallest of distributors up to the state's largest.
All these experiences would prove very useful because shortly thereafter I had the opportunity to open up a liquor store and restaurant of my own design, Atlantic City Bottle Co. & The Iron Room. 
Additionally, I sit on the panels of the Governor's Cup Wine Judging for New Jersey's and Pennsylvania's competitions and maintain a wine column for The Press of Atlantic City called, "Reading Between the Wines" and will soon start contributing to the "Wine Journal", a quarterly publication put out by the American Wine Society. I'm the co-chair for a regional chapter headquartered in Atlantic County, NJ of this organization; my group is called the South Jersey Wine Friends where we meet monthly to share great wines and grow wine appreciation in our market. 
Lastly, a big effort of mine has been promoting my state's wine industry; recently, I've become a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and the Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association to connect with others who produce, distribute and have a mutual love of the great wines produced here.