A native Nebraskan, Jesse Becker M.S. began his wine career at 21 when he took a position as a clerk with a wine shop in Lincoln. Jesse moved to California’s Napa Valley in 2001 where he worked in the cellars of both Robert Sinskey and Miner Family wineries. During this time, he also poured some of Napa’s top wines for Michael Chiarello’s Tra Vigne Cantinetta.
Jesse moved to San Francisco in 2002 and worked for retailer K&L Wine Merchants. In 2004, he took the opportunity to work the harvest for Burgundy producer Maison Camille Giroud and returned to the US and settled in Chicago. There he shifted his career focus from retail to hospitality, working as a sommelier with restaurants Charlie Trotter’s and NoMI at the Park Hyatt. He committed to education and professional development and passed the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) exam in 2006.
He spent two years alongside Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey at the James Beard Award winning restaurant Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Colorado, during which time he passed the rigorous Master Sommelier exam, making him one of 173 people in the world to achieve this distinction.
Jesse worked the 2008 harvest in Sancerre with Alphonse Mellot before joining Chef Paul Kulik at The Boiler Room in Omaha, Nebraska. The Boiler Room is an ingredient-driven Omaha restaurant with a menu that changes daily to reflect seasonality and product availability. The wine list is expansive with an emphasis on France, Germany, Austria, and Northern Italy.
Jesse also contributes to several publications including Sommelier Journal, Vintrust SOMMselections, and Food & Spirits Magazine and recently helped develop a website and wine pairing iPhone app called WinetoMatch.com, a wine and food pairing site for consumers and professionals.
Becker earned his MS while working along side Bobby Stuckey at Fracas Food & Wine.