Larry Stone, MS
Larry Stone became the first American to win the prestigious Grand Prix de Sopexa for the title of the Best International Sommelier in French Wines in Paris, within a few months of becoming America’s 9th Master Sommelier. He then relocated to Chicago to work at the Ritz Carlton at Watertower, opened the Four Seasons Hotel at 900 N. Michigan, and a year later left to became the General Manager and Sommelier of Charlie Trotter’s Restaurant.
Larry relocated to San Francisco to open Rubicon Restaurant with New York restaurateur Drew Nieporent, partnering with Robert deNiro, Robin Williams and Francis Ford Coppola. He established a restaurant with a wine program that trained some of the best young sommeliers in America. From 1994 to 2008 Rubicon and Larry earned a Michelin Star, the Ivy Award from Restaurants and Institutions, a Silver Spoon from Food and Wine, entery into James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who, the Wine Spectator Grand Award for 12 years running, and a JBF Outstanding Wine Service Award. He also served on the board of the Court of Master Sommeliers and remains committed to mentoring candidates.
In 2001, Larry became a board member of Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery, and then in 2006 its General Manager. At the same time he served as the Vice-President and President of the Rutherford Dust Society. He helped found Evening Land Vineyards and became its President in 2010. From 2005 to 2012, Larry served as a Trustee of the James Beard Foundation and is since 2012 Dean of Wine Studies at the International Culinary Center in Manhattan and Campbell, CA. Because of his long relationship with the Huneeus family, he joined Huneeus Vintners in Fall of 2012 in the position of Estates Director.