A North Carolina native, Jacob Gragg grew up in restaurants and took his first job in the kitchen at the age of 16. While the kitchen was very fulfilling, Jacob found the front of the house to be the most satisfying part of the business, especially wine and beverage service. In 2009, he set the goal of passing the Master Sommelier exam and garnered experience as beverage director for Recess Southern Gastro Pub in Gainesville, Georgia, Sommelier at Aria Restaurant in Atlanta and as the Sommelier of The Georgian Room at the Cloister in Sea Island.
Currently, he is the fine wine specialist for Cru Artisan wines, the luxury agent of the Banfi portfolio managing the Southeast. Gragg earned his Advanced Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers at the age of 24, making him one of the youngest to have achieved this certification. In addition, he is a Certified Specialist of Wine, and was named one of the Best New Sommeliers of 2012 by Wine & Spirits magazine.
Most recently, Jacob became the Founding President of the Southeastern Sommelier Society (aka: SommSouth), a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2016 to provide educational resources and support for the beverage community in the Southeast. For more information on SommSouth, visit www.sommsouth.org.
Accolades & Publications
- The Court of Master Sommeliers – Advanced Sommelier
- The Society of Wine Educators – Certified Specialist of Wine
- Wine & Spirits – Best New Sommeliers (2012)