Studying the details
Home neighborhood: North Campus
Years behind the bar: 12 years
You got into bartending to pay your way through college, and stuck with it. What did you study at Ohio State?
Entomology. It was a fun degree, but I'm not an academic type by any stretch of the imagination.
You've been studying a lot to become a sommelier. Tell me about that.
I'm studying for the master sommelier exam right now. Since the last exam, I started a website for all the people who are doing what I'm doing - all the maps, notes and study tools I used are at www.thevinofiles.com.
What makes a good bartender?
The biggest problem I see with bartenders overall is not knowing when to stop talking about themselves. To me, that's a real pet peeve.
What do you like to drink?
It always surprises people, but the vast amount of wine I drink is white wine, and preferably sparkling. Otherwise, I'm a pretty simple guy. I like cold gin in a glass, or beer - if I'm just off work, the crappier, the better.
What are your favorite places in Columbus?
We have winemakers that come through, and I always have them hit Jeni's just down the street. Restaurant-wise ... Alana's is a great place. And the best restaurant in the city - but you can only recommend it to people who are adventurous - is Kihachi on the Northwest Side.