In this latest bit of personnel shifts on the local wine scene, we just got word that Michael Chandler is now the wine director at David Berkley Fine Wines & Specialty Foods. Many of you local wine lovers may remember Chandler's longtime stint at Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar, where Chandler served as sommelier and manager before leaving in late 2007. That's Chandler in his Enotria days in the above picture.
Chandler's breadth of knowledge and easy-going appeal made him one of Sacramento's favorite sommeliers, and has since worked as a wine consultant, cellar appraiser and spent much time studying for his Master Sommelier exam. Chandler's new gig has him overseeing the wine program at David Berkley, which in recent months has featured winemaker events and a popular Friday night tasting series. Chandler replaces Jeffrey DeVore, who has stepped down from the wine director position but will still work occasionally in the shop.