Michael McNeill, MS adds an impressive resume to the staff resources for Quality Wine & Spirits in Georgia, Stacole Fine Wines in Florida and The Country Vintner in South Carolina, not only with his expertise but also with his solid background in the luxury restaurant and hotel market. McNeill is currently the only active Master Sommelier in the State of Georgia.
He has been employed with some of country’s most prestigious properties including Manhattan’s St. Regis and The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta. Over the last two decades, McNeill has worked alongside numerous world-renowned five-star chefs including Gray Kunz at Lespinasse, Craig Shelton at The Ryland Inn and Guenther Seeger and Bruno Menard at The Dining Room.
McNeill is two-time national champion of the “Best Sommelier in America.” He represented the U.S. in two world finals; at the Sopexa Gran Prix du Sommelier in Paris in 1994 – which entitled McNeill to serve as President of the Jury for the U.S. competition that followed in 1997 – and the Concours Mondial du Sommelier in Tokyo in 1995.
As Director of Training and Education for the Southeast Region, which includes Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, McNeill contributes a unique background in the food and beverage industry with a very specialized approach to wine service; expertise in food and wine harmony; plus a wealth of practical knowledge to the regional sales teams and their customers.
Accolades & Publications
- Concours Mondial du Sommelier – Best Sommelier in America (1995)
- Sopexa Gran Prix du Sommelier (1994)
- The Court of Master Sommeliers – Master Sommelier (1993)