Sommelier John Clift of Atria Restaurant and Brick Cellar Bar - Biography

Edgartown, MA

July 2013

Sommelier John Clift developed his passion for wine through taste and experience. While working in restaurants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Charleston, South Carolina, and experiencing wines from around the world, Clift had an epiphany: he wanted to devote himself to wine and learn everything possible. After working for some of the top restaurants in Charleston, he moved to Port Orchard, Washington, for an assistant sommelier role at Giotto’s, where he eventually worked his way to head sommelier.

Clift expanded his education at The Wine Academy of Rome and has been the sommelier at Atria for the past 10 years. Currently, Clift is also a consultant and educator for both the industry and consumers, and he travels the world in the search of exceptional wines. In 2013, he further expanded his wine experience in the retail world, partnering with Sara Webber to open retail wine shop Vintage MV, in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard.