Rising Star Sommelier Carlin Karr of Frasca Food & Wine - Biography

Boulder , CO

March 2017

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Carlin Karr traded in the desert for the mountains, studying communications as an undergraduate at University of Colorado Boulder. But something was missing: food, or so she thought. Following her passion, Karr set out for culinary school in San Francisco, and in the course of her studies, discovered that it was wine that truly compelled her. She dropped out to focus on the juice, immersing herself in the history, geography, and the details of vinticulture.

Karr’s studying, sipping, and smelling led to her first job at Nob Hill’s Sons and Daughters. Part of a three-person opening team and with no restaurant experience, Karr relied on her colleagues and YouTube to create a successful wine program. Against all odds, during her one-year tenure, Sons and Daughters earned a Michelin star. Self-taught and self-possessed, Karr returned to Boulder and her took her talents to lauded Frasca Food and Wine, where she works with mentor and Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey. 

In 2014, she was named one of Zagat’s “30 Under 30.” Today, in pursuit of her own Master pin, Karr leads and educates a crew of young wine professionals as she maintains the reputation of one of the best wine programs in the country.