Senior Business Development Manager, Folio Fine Wine Partners, Napa, CA; U.S. Ambassador, Charles Heidsieck Champagne, Reims, France; Wine Director, Oceanique, Evanston, IL
A second-generation sommelier and restaurateur, André developed a passion for hospitality and wine education growing up around fine dining. As the wine director at Oceanique restaurant, he manages a 32-year-old cellar with more than 1,200 selections.
In 2018, André was offered the opportunity to become U.S. Ambassador for Charles Heidsieck Champagne, a position tasked with relaunching and reinvigorating the reputation of the historic brand stateside, as well as developing trade and collector relationships for the portfolio. Through his charisma, passion and Instagram Live “Charlie Chats,” there’s no doubt that he has fantastically succeeded in this effort.
André also serves on the board of The United Sommeliers Foundation nonprofit, and most recently has joined the Folio Fine Wine Partners team to continue to build the momentum of Charles Heidsieck, Rare Champagne and the company’s luxury portfolio of family-owned wineries.