From Songbird to Somm

Former jazz singer Elizabeth Huettinger now manages one of the country's top wine lists
Jun 30, 2014

Elizabeth Huettinger was 19 when she first worked at a Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning restaurant, moonlighting as a jazz singer at Monterey, Calif.'s Sardine Factory. Since then, Huettinger, 28, has moved south along the California coast, pouring wine at some of the state's finest restaurants. She's now at Addison, located within the Grand Del Mar in San Diego. As wine director, Huettinger oversees a 3,500-selection wine list that has earned Wine Spectator's highest honor since 2009. She sat down with writer Lizzie Munro to discuss her transition from music to wine, her approach to wine service at Addison and her trials with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

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