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Two Top Sommeliers Leaving Las Vegas

Harvey Steiman
Posted: September 4, 2000

Two of Las Vegas' top sommeliers are moving to Jackson Hole, Wyo., to set up a wine consulting and import business with a third former Las Vegas sommelier.

Steven Geddes, wine director of Aureole (which just received the Wine Spectator Grand Award for its wine list -- see the Sept. 30 issue, on newsstands now), and Keith Goldston, sommelier at Picasso, are joining forces with Ken Frederickson, who owns two restaurants and a wine shop in Jackson Hole. Frederickson and Geddes each holds Master Sommelier certification, and Goldston is working towards his.

Frederickson was the sommelier at Spago Las Vegas and later managed the wine program at Chinois Las Vegas (both restaurants currently hold the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence) before moving to Jackson Hole. There he opened two of the resort town's top dining spots, Restaurant Terroir (which also has an Award of Excellence) and Koshu, and a retail store, Jackson Hole Wine Co. Goldston met Frederickson at Spago and became friendly rivals with Geddes in Las Vegas.

Geddes will retain his connection with Aureole, though he plans to work there only part-time while he launches the as-yet-unnamed business in Jackson Hole. Goldston's last day at Picasso is Sept. 8.

"Steve and I were both looking for a change of lifestyle," Goldston said. "Jackson Hole has a nice pace to it, and today you can have a consulting business anywhere. We have projects lined up in New York and California."

Goldston said that the import company will focus on small wineries in Australia and New Zealand. One of the team's consulting projects includes a new 120-acre vineyard along with a luxury bed-and-breakfast on California's Sonoma Coast.

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To learn more about Picasso and Aureole, read our Sept. 15, 1999, Las Vegas package, including Restaurants' Gambling Gourmets, Picasso: Fine Art and Aureole: Starstruck.

Read past news about Ken Frederickson:

  • April 14, 2000
    Two Americans Awarded Master Sommelier Diplomas

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