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Jay Fletcher, MS

Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado / Aspen Wine Sense Wine Consulting

Jay Fletcher is the Executive Director of Fine Wine and Master Sommelier for Southern Wine and Spirits of Colorado. He specializes in all aspects of the wine and restaurant industry focusing on sales ans service. Jay is the Chairman Emeritus for the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas. Mr. Fletcher is an accredited Bordeaux Educator from the L’Ecole du Vin in Bordeaux, France as well as being a Commandeur d’Honneur from the Commanderie du Bontemps of the Medoc, Graves, Sauternes and Barsac.

Jay Fletcher has worked in different aspects of the restaurant and wine industry for most of his life and has a solid practical knowledge of the operation and management systems involved with running a successful restaurant, wine program, and wholesale beverage operation. In the fall of 1996 Jay passed the prestigious Master Sommelier Exam in London, England, and became the 30th American to hold the title of Master Sommelier. Since then Jay has lectured and sat on panels at hundreds of wine events around the country including Disney’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Aspen Food and Wine Classic, Kapalua Wine Festival and Crystal Cruises Wine Tours. Jay is the Cellar Master for the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation’s extensive wine collection and is in charge of selecting wines for charity dinners and educational functions as well as purchasing wines for the cellars longterm integrity.

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