Master Sommelier Kathy Morgan is an award winning sommelier and wine director. She currently teaches classes for wine professionals and consumers, and runs her own consulting firm, handling restaurant wine programs and private events.
Kathy has spent the last twelve years working in Washington DC. In 1999 a former colleague believed in her talents and, despite of her lack of experience, handed her the reigns of the wine program at DC’s historic Occidental Grill. Determined not to disappoint, she learned quickly, and from every source available. During her four years at the Occidental, she dramatically improved the wine list, and increased the visibility of what had been a struggling wine program. She later served as sommelier and wine director at other top restaurants in the area, including the elegant Italian, Ristorante Tosca, and the modern American, 2941 Restaurant. Most recently, she ran the vast and highly esteemed French focused wine program for Michel Richard at Citronelle Restaurant in Georgetown.
Over her career Kathy has garnered numerous awards and accolades. Under her direction, 2941, Tosca and Citronelle all earned nominations for “Best Wine and Beverage Program” from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. In 2007, Washingtonian Magazine selected 2941’s wine list as one of the top five in the D.C. metropolitan area. In 2010, the Washington City Paper named Morgan the best sommelier in Washington. In August of 2010, Kathy passed the rigorous Court of Master Sommeliers Master Level Exam becoming the 105th Master Sommelier in the United States. This achievement is the top accreditation in the wine and service industry.
Kathy has offered her expertise and experience to many of the world’s leading wine publications as a taster, commentator, contributor and panelist. Her credits include The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, The Washington Times, Sommelier Journal, Food and Wine Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Flavor Magazine. She has also provided her expert opinion for WUSA TV and BBC America World News.
One of her favorite roles is as a mentor and an educational leader in her community. She regularly assists others in their endeavors to pass blind tasting exams; she is an instructor at the Capital Wine School and a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. In 2011, she was tasked to be the Chairman of the 2012 American Heart Association’s Heart’s Delight Wine Auction Committee.