Sommelier Andrew Stover of Oya - Biography
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Andrew Stover dove into the hospitality and tourism industry after graduating from George Washington University. He spent his first eight years at WHERE Magazine as an advertising consultant, learning the ins and outs of Washington DC’s restaurant scene. Local Virginia vineyards, however, are where Stover found his true calling.
Stover has traveled far and wide, visiting great wine-producing areas as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and the UK. After conducting wine tasting and tours at Breaux Vineyards in Hillsboro, Virginia, Stover made his way to DC’s OYA Restaurant & Lounge to serve as sommelier and wine director. Stover’s overhaul of the wine menu at OYA gained him media attention as well as the respect of the wine industry. OYA earned the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence and consecutive nominations for Wine and Beverage Program of the Year from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. Stover now manages the wine and sake programs at OYA, SEI, and SAX.
Stover holds a Sommelier Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild and a Certified Specialist of Wine certification from the Society of Wine Educators. In 2009, he launched Vino50, a brand and wholesale wine portfolio, to encourage consumers to explore local and regional wines. Vino50 celebrates all 50 states and Stover collaborates with wineries in budding wine regions, proving that fine wines can come from states other than California.