Sommelier Andrew Bradbury of Aureole - Biography
New York, NY
Andrew Vadjinia Bradbury started working in the restaurant industry at the tender age of 14. By the time he was 18, he was cooking tableside and at 20, was already a captain. It was at this time that he took a decided interest in wine while working at the Painted Table in Seattle's Alexis Hotel (named one of the best progressive 'fusion' restaurants in the country by USA Today) for Chef Tim Kelly. He became a sommelier in 1994 at the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie, Washington which has received the Wine Spectator magazine Award of Excellence and boasted one of the Pacific Northwest's largest wine programs. Here he hosted numerous winemaker dinners under Certified Master Chef David Kellaway.
Mr. Bradbury also served as wine consultant to the Bamboo Grill and Avenue One in Seattle before moving to Las Vegas to begin work on the award-winning program at Aureole in the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Resort. Under the expert leadership of Master Sommelier Steven Geddes and Andrew Vadjinia Bradbury, the wine program at Aureole Las Vegas has recently won the coveted Award for Grand Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine (September 2000) in addition to Food & Wine's Best Sommeliers and Best Wine List, the Las Vegas Review Journal's Best Wine List, Las Vegas magazine's Best Wine List and the International Wine list featuring the best wines from the greatest regions in the world and regions unique to the U.S. market.
Mr. Bradbury has recently completed his Advanced Certification and is now a Master's Candidate for the Master Sommelier Certificate. He is the winner of the 2000 Wilson Daniels "Master Sommelier Scholarship Award" and has been guest sommelier at the James Beard Foundation's "Dinner of the Decade" and the Auction of Northwest Wines, one of the largest charity wine auctions in the country.
Much of his time is spent researching wines from the around world and he has had major tours of wine regions including France, Germany and Austria to meet with the area's top producers and vineyard sites.