Meet Larry O’Brien, Master Sommelier with Jackson Family Wines.
Larry has over 18 years of experience in the restaurant and wine businesses, including positions at two Wine Spectator Grand Award winning establishments, The Wine Merchant Restaurant in Akron, Ohio and Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa, Florida. Additionally, he served as sommelier for celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s Orlando restaurant. His career led him to Stations Casinos in Las Vegas in 2005 where he created the wine programs for Red Rock Resort and guided the makeover and modernization of the company’s corporate wine program.
Larry recently became the brand champion for the Jackson Family Wines with a focus on Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve and other Kendell-Jackson limited production and vineyard designated wines.
Larry represented the United States in the prestigious international sommelier competition Meilleur Sommelier du Monde Concours Mondial in 2000 after winning the title of Best Sommelier in America earlier that same year. In 2001 Larry became one of approximately 135 Master Sommeliers in the world and the first Master Sommelier in Florida. Early in 2008, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Court of Master Sommeliers. He has served as a judge for the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs’ Jeuene Sommelier Competition at the national and regional levels. He has participated as a wine judge, with other internationally recognized experts, at the Starwine International Wine Competition held in Philadelphia in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
When not immersed in in the world of wine, you will likely find Larry in a bowling center working towards a 200 average and his first 300 game.