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Wine & Spirits Buyer, DipWSET, CSS, CSW, MBA

Peter Andrews

Prima Vini e Ristorante, San Francisco

Peter Andrews is an energetic sommelier, wine educator and music writer based in San Francisco, California. He's an east coast native who moved west to fulfill his lifelong dream of living in The Bay Area. After earning his degree in culinary arts and an MBA from Johnson & Wales University, he began his career as a chef, managing kitchens throughout the U.S. and abroad. His experience cooking in Charlotte, Charleston, Providence, Key Largo, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Piemonte, Italy has influenced his cuisine tremendously. But it was the time spent in Italy that changed his path as he discovered his deepest passion is working with wine.

Now out of the kitchen professionally, Peter is fully immersed in the world of wine. Before moving to San Francisco in 2013, he was an adjunct professor of wine and alcohol business courses at his Alma Mater. Along with teaching, he opened and ran a boutique wine shop, Grapes & Grains, just outside of Providence that won, Best Wine Store, Rhode Island, each of its first three years in operation.

In addition to his current role as the wine and spirits buyer and sales and marketing manager at Prima-one of the Bay Area's most iconic and long-standing Italian restaurants and wine shops- Peter has completed the WSET Diploma. He is also an adjunct wine professor at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone where he teaches a business course on global wine business operations. He is passionate about learning and sharing his knowledge, while believing there's nothing more rewarding than teaching a student and witnessing that 'aha' moment. When he's not immersed in the world of wine, you'll catch him practicing yoga, surfing, cooking, or seeing live music. 

He will be judging wines at one of the leading wine competitions called Sommeliers Choice Awards on 19th-20th May, 2019.

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