MASTER SOMMELIER JAY FLETCHER
Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher
Executive Director of Fine Wine and Master Sommelier
Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado
An unlikely sommelier, Jay Fletcher grew up in the pool halls and restaurant kitchens of Madison, Wisconsin, but his quest for adventure is what ultimately led Jay to find his calling. Curious what the West had to offer, Jay hitchhiked his way to Aspen in 1978. There, after working as a laborer and concrete worker he went to work at a local French restaurant in 1983 where a glass of Puligny-Montrachet changed everything.
In 1993, after several years working his way up in the local restaurant scene, Jay came across an advertisement for an introductory course offered by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Loyal encouragement and a naturally gifted palate help him earn the title of Master Sommelier just three years and four months after signing up for the introductory course. Jay passed his Masters Exam in London, England in the fall of 1996 as the 30th American to join the Court. Crediting the Court’s program with changing his life, Master Fletcher is committed to giving back to others with similar ambitions.
Jay Fletcher currently serves as the Executive Director of Fine Wine and Master Sommelier for Southern Wine and Spirits of Colorado. He is also the current Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers, American Chapter. Jay is the Cellar Master for the Guild of Sommeliers’ extensive wine collection, an accredited Bordeaux Educator from the L’Ecole du Vin in Bordeaux, France, and a Commandeur d’Honneur from the Commanderie du Bontemps of the Medoc, Graves, Sauternes, and Barsac.