Beverage Director Jeff Harding of The Waverly Inn - Biography

New York, NY

September 2017

Jeff Harding grew up in the Midwest and studied psychology, music, and French at the University of Miami. He has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years and got his start as a server at Norman van Aken’s a Mano in Miami Beach, where he first discovered that food and wine culture is a reflection of history, geography, and regional culture. A move to New York, and too many years bartending at B Bar in Manhattan’s East Village, encouraged Harding to pursue sommelier training with the American Sommelier Association and through beverage management positions.

A summer spent in France was influential to Harding’s hospitality career. While working in the Loire Valley as a manager at Ch√Ęteau d’Alogny, he developed a passion for wine and its sense of place. Returning to New York, wine became more of a career focus, and he took a position as a sommelier at the Waverly Inn, rising to beverage director. His writing on wine has appeared in such publications as WinePair and StarChefs.