Rising Star Sommelier David Castleberry of RN74 - Biography

San Francisco, CA

May 2016

At 16, David Castleberry was bussing tables at an Italian restaurant in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Encouraged by his chef-uncle, and his own hospitable nature, Castleberry enrolled at Northern Arizona University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. He also worked at Hotel Congress, rising to the position of restaurant and banquet manager. After earning his degree, Castleberry moved to Hawaii to work as the restaurant manager for the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. There, he was asked to take over the wine program and fell deeply in love with the history, production, and enjoyment of wine. Castleberry went on to earn his advanced sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and became a certified wine educator recognized by the Society of Wine Educators.

Castleberry worked the 2009 harvest at Patz & Hall Winery in Sonoma before returning to Hawaii to become the wine and beverage manager for the Mauna Kea Resort in 2010, a year in which he was a national finalist in the Chaine de Rotisseurs Young Sommerlier Competition. He left Hawaii with plans to work the harvest at Patz & Hall once more and settled in the Bay Area. Castleberry joined the Mina Group in fall 2011 at Bourbon Steak. In 2012, he was recruited by wine director and renowned sommelier Rajat Parr to join RN74 and took over the wine program in 2015. His love of wine inspires his pursuit of knowledge beyond the largely Burgundian list and has launched a singular and successful guest sommelier program.