New Grand Del Mar Wine Director

By on May 21, 2013

The Grand Del Mar is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Huettinger, starting Tuesday, May 28, as wine director of Addison, the resort’s Five –Star/Five Diamond and Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning signature restaurant.

 “Elizabeth has held sommelier and wine management positions at highly respected, fine dining California restaurants, and her dedication to great personalized service and peer leadership is a quality we seek and value at The Grand Del Mar,” said President Thomas Voss.

 “I look forward to collaborating with Elizabeth as we continue to bring our guests incomparable food and wine experiences and accompanying educational programs at Addison,” said Executive Chef/Director William Bradley. He continued, “She is not afraid to break convention within the fine art of food and wine pairing, and that takes impressive skill.”

 Certified Sommelier Huettinger will be responsible for the care and maintenance of Addison’s 37,000-bottle wine collection. She will supervise the highly trained and credentialed sommelier team, as well as contribute to the outstanding wine dinners, tastings and educational seminars that Addison has excelled at for the last seven years. In addition, she will oversee Addison’s acclaimed proprietary bottling program continuing to expand the concept as she works with winemakers and the other restaurant sommeliers.

 Most recently Huettinger, with her mantra of making wine experiences approachable to the guest, served as the assistant wine director at world-famed Spago in Beverly Hills working closely with wine director and Master Sommelier Christopher Miller and was involved with the closure, renovation and reopening of this iconic Michelin two-star restaurant. Previous to that, she was a sommelier/manager at Cavaillon in San Diego for over a year. In addition, she worked as a sommelier at Carmel, California’s Aubergine at L’Auberge for two years, where she managed this Wine Spectator award winner’s bar and cocktail program.

 Huettinger is studying to take the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier exam. She has been a featured sommelier at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival and Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival.

 She grew up in Pebble Beach, Calif., and attended Monterey Peninsula College. She is relocating to San Diego with her husband and their two dogs and enjoys cooking, reading, chess and trying new restaurants in her free time.

About Jacqueline Maddison

Jacqueline Maddison is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Rancho Santa Fe Magazine. She believes in shining light on the best of the best in life. She welcomes you into the world of the ultimate luxury lifestyle.

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