This week on In the Drink, Jeff Taylor, Head Sommelier at Eleven Madison Park, comes into the studio to show us what’s new and exciting in the world of wine. Tune-in to learn more about Jeff’s background to becoming head sommelier, and his latest updates from visiting the wine culture in Greece!
Jeff Taylor was born in Boston, MA and spent his childhood traveling throughout the United States. An opportunity to live in London during High School and frequent visits to Europe helped to solidify his passion for food and wine. He returned to the US to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts were he received a BFA in Acting and a Minor in Philosophy.
Jeff’s tenure at EMP began in 2007 as a Kitchen Server. He then went on to be a Captain for 2 years before becoming a Sommelier in 2009. During his time at EMP, the restaurant has garnered 4 Stars from The NY Times, 3 Michelin Stars, Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, and James Beard Awards for both Best Wine Service and Best Restaurant in the USA. EMP is currently ranked #5 on San Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants in the World. While at EMP, Jeff has had the privilege of working with two great Wine Directors: John Ragan, MS and Dustin Wilson, MS.
“I don’t think you can really appreciate a country’s wines until you actually visit.” [25:10]
— Jeff Taylor on In the Drink