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JEREMY SEWELL, SOMMELIER
BELMOND EL ENCANTO in SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
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Jeremy Sewell| Sommelier | Belmond El Encanto | Santa Barbara, Callifornia Jeremy Sewell said he didn’t grow up around wine. At all. No wine, no alcohol. At all. “My parents chose to stop drinking when they had kids,” Sewell explained. “So, it was not present in the household. Whatsoever.” Neither did he think he had any characteristics that, looking back, made sense for him to become a sommelier. “None at all,” Sewell said. “I never knew that this was what I was going to do.” Instead, Sewell went to college. He started in architecture, and then, “unfortunately”, listened to his advisor. “Which I recommend people not do,” Sewell said. “I tell them to go in undecided, get your basics out of the way. I know so many people who went to college and changed their majors four or five times.” “I grew up with Lincoln Logs and would build things,” Sewell explained his choice. “It was always a lot of fun. I was always good with my hands, and I thought maybe I wanted to be an engineer. Oh, well, let’s put you in this and that. No way. It actually ruined my college experience, which was unfortunate.” Sewell just wasn’t into architectural engineering. His best grades were in history, a subject in which somms tend to excel given the right emphasis. He dropped out. “You live and you learn,” Sewell reflected. “You can’t go back and change the past. You just go with it. It got me to where I am now. I’m glad I’m doing what I’m doing. I really enjoy who I am. And I get to talk about wine all night and drink good wine. So it really didn’t leave me in too bad of a place.” Sewell first got acquainted with wine when he started working in hospitality. Specifically, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in his hometown, Houston, Texas. Twenty-one-years old and on a mission, Sewell immediately bought all the bottles of wine sold by the glass so he could try them and get to know them.