Michael Chandler, who as sommelier and manager at Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar has been hugely responsible for building up the restaurant's popular wine program over the past five years, is out of a job. "It was time for me to move on," said Chandler, indicating that he sensed he wouldn't be able to develop the restaurant's wine list and ambitious tasting program beyond its current level.
Chandler was the second key person at Enotria to leave this year. Earlier, executive chef Christian Sieck left the restaurant after a 10-year tenure; he's now at the Placerville restaurant Sequoia.
Chandler's plans are uncertain. A fifth-generation Sacramentan, he expects to stay in town, and as soon as this Saturday hopes to launch a Web site - www.sacsommelier.com - to set himself up as a personal wine adviser and as a consultant to corporations creating or retooling their beverage programs. "I don't know what's in store, but I'm looking around and getting a lot of offers. I'm eager to work."
Enotria owner David Hardie wasn't available to discuss Chandler's departure and the transition under way at Enotria.