Peter Bothwell first developed a taste for wine in his teens when he was finally able to try the Chianti during Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house. Throughout college at Quinnipiac University, Peter waited tables at a local Italian restaurant and developed a palate for his first loves: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Burgundy and Champagne. When Peter graduated from college with a degree in Marketing and Communications, he spent the next five-years tackling the world of New York City Advertising. However, it only took a two-week trek through Rioja for Peter to ditch the cubicle and jump into the vineyards. After work and on the weekends he picked up a few shifts at Italian Wine Merchants in Manhattan’s Union Square. Next he joined Balthazar restaurant as an Assistant Cellar Master working alongside Wine Director Rebecca Banks. Then in March 2010, Peter was hired as the Assistant Sommelier for the 1,000 bottle count wine program at the Mandarin Oriental, New York hotel under the tutelage of Wine Director Annie Turso. Peter was quickly promoted to Sommelier & Beverage Manager and remains an integral member of the Mandarin’s wine and beverage program. During his three and a half year tenure, Peter has been a staple on the floor at the Mandarin’s signature restaurant, Asiate, and thoughtfully assists in shaping the extensive wine list. Peter passed the Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Exam on his first attempt in August 2012 and recently placed first in the Chianti Consortium’s blind tasting competition in NYC. Peter is now preparing for the Master Sommelier Exam.