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, Gragg 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 Sommelier of The Georgian Room at the Cloister in Sea Island. Currently, Gragg is the Family Ambassador for Castello Banfi. He 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, Gragg is a Certified Specialist of Wine, was named one of the Best New Sommeliers of 2012 by Wine & Spirits magazine, and is the Founding President of the Southeastern Sommelier Society.