Jesse Rodriguez, Sommelier
Jesse Rodriguez is currently involved in many parts of the wine industry. The bandwidth stretches from his négociant label, Nulli Secundus Selections, education at San Diego State University to curating the beverage program for The Ranch at Laguna Beach.
Rodriguez was named one of “America’s Best New Sommeliers” by Wine & Spirits magazine in 2007 and StarChefs.com’s 2010 “Southern California’s Rising Star, Best Sommelier;” and “Best Sommelier” by the readers, editors and critics of San Diego Magazine and Ranch & Coast: San Diego’s Luxury Lifestyle Magazine for four consecutive years. Under Rodriguez, San Diego County and Addison also received the first ever nomination for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service, the prestigious Wine Spectator Grand Award for 2009-13, Wine Enthusiast’s 2010 and 2011 Ultimate Award of Distinction and the 2010 Santé “Wine Restaurant of the Year” Award; and was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s “100 Best Wine Restaurants” in 2011 and 2012.
During his tenure at Addison and The Grand Del Mar, his efforts and expertise helped garner the highly coveted AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star Awards for the resort in 2009 and 2013, respectively; as well as both the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star ratings from 2009-13 for Addison – San Diego’s first and only restaurant to receive these designations.
Addison was named one of “America’s Best New Restaurants for 2007” by Esquire magazine and one of ten of “America’s Best Spots for Wine” by Forbes.com. The impressive wine list compiled by Rodriguez was also named “One of Seven Winning Wine Lists for 2007” by Food & Wine.
Before joining the team at The Grand Del Mar, Rodriguez was the Head Sommelier at Napa Valley’s The French Laundry, helping the restaurant become the only dining venue in California to receive a Three Michelin Star rating. Rodriguez was also the Estate Manager for Phoenix-based Alliance Beverage Distributing Company, and a sommelier for The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.
He is an Advanced Sommelier within the Court of Master Sommeliers, holds his diploma from Wine and Spirits Education Trust and is credentialed as a Certified Wine Educator by the Society of Wine Educators. He is currently a first year Master of Wine student and has passed his service and theory portion of the Master Sommelier Diploma Exam.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University, and is a member of the Business of Wine Advisory Board for San Diego State University College of Extended Studies.