A Napa Valley native, Sur Lucero worked in restaurants from the time he was 15. He
landed at The French Laundry in 1998, shortly before his 21st birthday, starting
out as a runner and advancing to expediter. Meanwhile, he grew obsessed with wine,
to the point where he’d volunteer to count inventory just to get more exposure
to it. The wine director at the time, Paul Roberts, took notice and brought him on
as a junior sommelier. After a break for culinary school, he returned as a
full-blown sommelier in 2005, then went on to work in Boulder and Las Vegas.
Napa’s pull is strong however, so when Oenotri opened in Napa in 2010, he returned
home to run the wine program. His only regret is that he’s not able to work
with his personal heartthrob, Chablis—although he drinks plenty of it while
studying for the Master Sommelier exam, which he’ll take next year.