Director of Hospitality
Benjamin comes to Failla locked and loaded with a wine knowledge from various stints as a sommelier at some of the most prestigious restaurants in the US such as Frasca (Boulder, CO) and The Restaurant at Meadowood (St. Helena, CA). He not only helps guide our staff, but creates magical experiences for our guests.
Benjamin joins Failla Wines after 12 years in the high-end restaurant industry. Having held the post as the Sommelier at Michelin 3-Star rated The Restaurant at Meadowood; in addition to helping run the wine program at James Beard Award winning Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Colorado, Benjamin has had the opportunity to cultivate his hospitality skills at some of the top restaurants in America.
Whether working with Chef Christopher Kostow to create memorable experiences for discerning guests, or working the floor alongside Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey to achieve an attentive yet casual neighborhood feel, Benjamin has honed a deft touch as a wine and hospitality professional.
As an Advanced Sommelier, he brings his passion for wine and his craft of developing unique and meaningful experiences to the Failla team as their Director of Hospitality. A native of Georgia and having spent over 14 years in Colorado before making his way to California, Benjamin now lives in St Helena with his wife and daughter. When he isn’t at the winery or enjoying the outdoors with his family, you might find him trail running in the local wilderness.