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Sommelier's Choice: Reds to 'Wow' the Crowd

Josiah Baldivino discovered his enthusiasm for wine while attending college as a business major. It was an internship at a small wine store in Los Angeles that led to a job there, which then led to a full-blown pursuit of all things vino.


He moved to New York where his sommelier position at Bar Boulud, Daniel Boulud’s casual bistro located across from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, had him working with Wine Director Daniel Johnnes and Head Sommelier Michael Madrigale. In New York, Josiah also met Master Sommeliers Laura Maniec, Reggie Naritto, and Dustin Wilson whose influences helped shape his own growing philosophy of wine.


To Josiah, a successful wine program is one that makes wine accessible to guests; one that will always have the right bottle to fit their mood. Since moving back to the West Coast, where he was promoted to the position of head sommelier at Michael Mina’s San Francisco namesake restaurant, Josiah makes it his priority to always have the right recommendation on hand.


2004 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Rouge

This wine has a "Wow Factor" to the Nth degree. Not only will your wine drinking friends be surprised that you have a wine from Lebanon but they will also be surprised at how delicious it is! This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and tastes very much like a great Bordeaux.  I have brought this wine to parties filled with sommeliers (not tastevins) and it has definitely been the wine of the night. It is forward without being over-bearing and complex while maintaining a drinkability that can be dangerous if your friends find the key to your cellar.


2005 Chateau Robin, Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux, France


This wine shatters the myth that good Bordeaux is expensive. You are starting to see more and more smaller producers from off the beaten path areas within Bordeaux offering their delicious wines at very affordable prices. These wines are the next big thing!

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