Meet Nate – Our Wine Cruise Sommelier

Our Windjammer Wine Cruise is an annual favorite that always sells out quickly.  This year was no different.

The one thing that is different, however, is our new sommelier…so we wanted to introduce Nate Redner.

During the Windjammer we explore the great wine regions of the world discuss the wine making histories and taste the varietals of different countries.  Dinners will feature paired wines chosen by Nate as a perfect complement to our meals.

Nate was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, and spent summers on Lake Charlevoix while cooking at Monte Bianco and Bay Harbor Yacht Club, where he discovered his passion for wine. He went to school at Michigan State University and studied Hospitality Business. While in school Nate participated in Les Gourmets, a student run charity dinner and also founded a student group called Spartan Enology Society, which promoted education in the world of wine with the goal of students taking their Sommelier exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers.

After graduating MSU, Nate moved to Chicago to work with Lettuce Entertain You. He started at Shaw’s Crab House in River North then helped open Tokio Pub, Oyster Bah and Booth One, where he now works. His current role is the Beverage Director at Booth One, which is the former Pump Room. He has sat for his Sommelier Exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Side note and kind of a fun fact; Nate holds the Guinness World Record for the “Worlds Longest Line of Tacos”.

Welcome aboard Nate!