At 26, Paris born Sébastien Verrier is often younger than some of the wines he serves. However, his youth has not prevented him from garnering a stellar reputation as a sommelier, one who relishes in the "always learning, always tasting, always working on the palate" associated with his profession. It is a profession he entered when he was only 15 as a sommelier's assistant at Paris's Michelin-starred Les Clos Longchamps. Verrier balanced his duties there with earning a bachelor degree in wine stewardship.
Having begun to master wine, he became equally determined to learn English, so after two years as second sommelier at the famed Michelin one-star Le Jardin in Paris, he headed for London and a position as captain/sommelier at Mon Plaisir Restaurant.
Wanderlust, which often accompanies wine expertise because of its global nature, had set in by 1998. Verrier set his sights on New York City, where he spent a year as a captain at Les Trois Jeans before taking off for Australia and an exploration of its viniculture.Verrier joined the Biltmore team in the fall of 1999 and oversaw the wine lists at La Palme d'Or and the 1200 Restaurant & Courtyard, as well as wine pairings for all the hotel's winemaker-theme dinners.
In 2011 Sebastien, branched off on his own as a consultant formulating award winning wine lists for restaurants, resorts and hotels in the USA.
Married with family, he enjoys fencing, swimming and tasting great wines from around the world.