San Jose local parlays his palate as Ritz Carlton’s lead sommelier

Marcus Sloseck is an everyman’s wine gourmet: As lead sommelier on the Ritz Carlton in Part Moon Bay, he’s in an instant approachable, attractive and intensely forthright.

Born in West San Jose, Sloseck grew up within the quicksilver hills of Almaden Valley, the place his dad labored in tech and his mother stayed at house to maintain Sloseck and his sisters. He says his folks weren’t a lot into wine, however he used to be an adventurous eater. His first meals reminiscence is of carrots.

“I in reality appreciated greens!” he says. “I used to be now not a fussy eater.”

That can provide an explanation for why he used to be drawn to review dietary science at San Jose State College in 2015, which gave him his first publicity to wine.

“I used to be operating at a wine bar to pay my manner thru college,” he says. “That’s the place I used to be first uncovered to an excessively wide selection of wines, as they’d one thing like 30 wines through the glass. I began studying in regards to the histories in puts like Burgundy and Bordeaux, and the way the politics formed to what it’s as of late. I grew extra curious the extra I explored those areas and manufacturers that I examine that had been made out to be mythical, so I got down to search these kind of wines.”

All the way through the appliance procedure for internships to turn into a registered dietitian, it struck him that lifestyles used to be too brief and wine truly used to be a lot more pleasurable.

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One among his mentors is Jon Walker, a sophisticated sommelier at Manresa, who he met when Walker used to be briefly operating at a wine bar whilst the Los Gatos eating place used to be closed because of a hearth. Walker later helped Sloseck hone his palate with blind tastings the 2 did at Walker’s Ben Lomond house all through the pandemic.

Sloseck additionally credit Rebekah Bennett, common supervisor and sommelier at Chook Canine in Palo Alto, for instructing him the trade aspect and logistics of carrier all through his first stint as a sommelier.

“She allowed me to sit down in and style a various set of wines with reps who bought wholesale, which allowed me to discern which of them would have good fortune at the listing, and which wines to cross on, which is an important when construction a cast wine listing,” Slosek recollects.

Touchdown a task on the Ritz, the place he’s been for 10 months now, is a dream come true. “I simply heard in the course of the grapevine that they had been searching for a sommelier.  I by no means concept I may ever have the danger to paintings for such an esteemed luxurious logo that units the usual for hospitality.”

The Ritz boasts 15 wines through the glass, with a number of native standouts like Rhys, Ridge and Thomas Fogarty.

“I love to stay numerous native wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains in each class (through the glass, bottle listing, wine pairings) to show now not best the awesome strong point or top of the range, however how they arrive in combination and feature a really perfect explanation why to have a spot on the desk,” Sloseck says.

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He says Ridge Vineyards is the real doyen of cabernet sauvignon in California. “Their Monte Bello providing captures a phenomenal expression in cabernet sauvignon within the depths of its wealthy, delicate however restrained persona, which attracts from the original local weather of the mountains, Pacific Ocean and geology; there’s fractured limestone within the soils, distinctive to California. So it’s really like not anything else popping out of California.”

When searching for wines to characteristic through the glass, he considers whether or not they are going to praise the Chef Francisco Simón’s delicacies.

Since maximum visitors lean towards pairing suggestions for each and every direction reasonably than ordering a bottle, Sloseck’s experience is in call for.

“Now we have two sensational wine pairing choices,” he says. “I pay attention a lot comments from our visitors that they experience having wines they wouldn’t usually or ever assume to pair with, and appear to truly experience exploring the various global of wine.”