Jason Smith, MS is Director of Wine for Bellagio. In his role, he oversees all wine operations for the AAA Five Diamond resort including wine sales and service in 32 venues ranging from restaurants and bars to banquet space and in-room dining. Smith also manages the inventory and cost control of more than 50,000 bottles spanning approximately 5,000 selections and leads the wine education of Bellagio’s 3,500 service employees. He is responsible for the hiring and training of the property’s sommeliers, a record staff of 16 which include four Master Sommeliers. Bellagio is the only property worldwide to offer four master sommeliers under one roof.
Smith previously held the esteemed position of Head Sommelier for MICHAEL MINA Bellagio, the eponymous Michelin one star restaurant of the famed chef and restaurateur. During his two years there, Smith added 350 new selections nearly doubling the previous wine list and oversaw wine education for all Mina Group employees citywide. His dedication led the restaurant to receive a “Best of” Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine in 2010.
A 15-year veteran of the food & beverage industry, Smith has demonstrated his wine expertise in leadership positions at such acclaimed venues as Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Award winners—The Little Nell in Aspen, Colo. and Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, Ill. During his service at Charlie Trotter’s, Smith was honored to author wine notes for two of the respected chef’s cookbooks, Raw and Workin’ More Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter. Smith graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America. He was awarded the coveted designation of Master Sommelier in 2005 and is one of only 100 in the U.S.
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