Jeremy Quinn, Sommelier
Jeremy was introduced to wine as a teenager during a year-long academic sabbatical in Paris. An award-winning fiction writer and certified sommelier (Court of Masters, 2006), he developed his palate over the course of a decade with Chicago’s Webster Wine Bar (since 2000), and went on to create influential wine lists at Chicago’s Bluebird (2007) and Telegraph (2011) restaurants. He continues to direct all three wine programs.
He frequently travels to the world’s leading wine regions, often with staff, and has visited: France (Champagne, Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Côte Chalonnaise, Chablis, Mâcon, Beaujolais, Northern and Southern Rhône, Provence, Alsace, Loire, Jura, Savoie, Corsica), Germany (Mosel, Nahe, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Pfalz), Greece (Peloponnese, Naoussa, Amyndeo, Velvendos, Santorini), Italy (Sicily, Tuscany, Piedmont, Liguria, Collio, Venezia-Giulia, Emilia-Romagna, Sardegna), Switzerland (Valais), Spain (Penedes, Priorat, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Bierzo, Jerez de la Frontera, Ribeira Sacra, Rias Baixas, Valdeorras), Portugal (Douro, Oporto), Austria (Wachau, Kremstal, Kamptal, Wagram, Burgenland), Slovenia (Brda), Croatia (Istria, Korcula), Canada (British Columbia), USA (Sonoma, Napa, Washington State, Willamette Valley Oregon, Sutton’s Bay Michigan, New York Finger Lakes), New Zealand (Otago, Marlborough).
In January 2012, he introduced a personal portfolio of artisan wines from Europe under the Jeremy Quinn Selections label, distributed by Cream Wine.
Quinn was named a Top Sommelier of 2012 by Food and Wine magazine, won the Award for Inspired Performance from Time Out Chicago’s 2012 Eat Out Awards, and was chosen for Chicago Reader’s 2012 Best of Chicago awards for “Best Wine List Lyricism”.
His other interests include: American farmstead artisan cheese, philosophies of freedom (Spinoza, Nietzsche, Bergson, Deleuze), East Coast oysters, the writings of Chuang Tzu, Tallyrand’s ingenuity, Sofia Gubaidulina’s early string quartets, Beaumarchais’ plays, the Atlantic Ocean, anything in D-Minor by Bach, palo cortado, Henry James’ late novels, Simon Schama’s histories, Ralph Stanley vocals (love that bluegrass!), Stendhal & Balzac