MS Sean Razee
General Manager Artisanal Wine & Spirits of Colorado | Vail, Colorado |
Master Sommelier (MS) – February 2008
Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma (DipWSET) – July 2011
Certified Sake Professional (CSP) – July 2012
Sean Razee is one of only 236 wine professionals worldwide and one of the first 100 people in the United States to achieve the title of Master Sommelier.
Sean's curiosity in wine was set in motion while studying food science for his under-graduate degree and through weekend trips to California wine-country. Shortly before heading to U.C. Davis to pursue a graduate degree in wine-making, Sean was given the chance to run a wine and spirits program. This turned out to be a seminal moment in Sean's career which led him down the path toward becoming a Master Sommelier.
Sean’s wine career began in 2002 and since then he has developed award-winning wine and spirits programs for The Ritz-Carlton and Wolfgang Puck, as well as consulted on numerous esteemed beverage programs. In a move away from the hotel and fine dining business, Sean assumed the role of Corporate Beverage Director for Vail Resorts, overseeing world-class beverage programs at all 11 of the company’s domestic ski resorts. More recently, he was tapped to build and manage a new fine wine and craft spirits distribution company across Colorado where he currently serves as general manager. When not lecturing, conducting staff training, or working with aspiring students, Sean also works as an instructor and examiner for the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Outside of work and teaching, Sean spends a portion of his free time organizing the wine service for A Grateful Harvest, the signature fund-raising dinner at Roundup River Ranch in Colorado—a Paul Newman charitable organization that is dear to his heart.
Although he holds the industry's most prestigious titles, Sean maintains a down-to-earth approach to his craft and believes strongly in removing the formality and pretense surrounding wine. Striving to become a "highly-acclaimed" home chef, Sean spends much of his free time cooking, exploring exotic markets, and working on innovative food and wine combinations.
Howell Mountain Exploration: "Napa's Magic Mountain" Seminar
Friday, April 7, 2017, | 3:00 pm -4:30 pm | Cucina Rustica at the Lodge at Vail
Meet some of the best, most intriguing Master Sommeliers, while they pair food with wine. Taste with experts Larry Stone founder of Lingua Franca Wines and Dean of Wine Studies of the International Culinary Center, Damon Ornowski from SWS of Colorado and Vail’s own Sean Razee