Sommelier Ken Collura of Andina - Biography

Portland, OR

April 2011

Sommelier Ken Collura is a native of Greenwich Village in New York City. He began his career as a commentator and journalist and wrote the nationally syndicated wine column “Winespeak” for The Tampa Tribune, The Richmond Times Dispatch and about a dozen other newspapers under the Media General umbrella. During his 14-year tenure at Time Magazine, where he served as a computer graphic artist, Collura traveled extensively throughout the wine producing regions of Australia, Austria, France, Germany, New Zealand, Italy, Portugal, Spain and France. Eventually, his passion for wine won out and he left Time to pursue a serious career in the wine trade.

He worked as a wine consultant to ABC Fine Wines and Spirits in Florida, the largest privately owned wine and spirits company in the U.S. He has created wine lists for a variety of restaurants with very diverse culinary focuses, including Asian-French, Northern Italian, French Bistro, Mediterranean and Continental cuisine. Collura spent more than eight years as Head Sommelier at Bern’s Steak House in Tampa, Florida, reputed to have the world’s largest wine list. He also served as Wine Director and Sommelier at El Monte Sagrado Resort and Spa in Taos, New Mexico. El Monte is a three-year-old eco-resort in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and Collura’s wine list there won a 2005 and 2006 Best of Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator. He is currently the Wine Director and Sommelier at Andina in Portland, Oregon. His philosophy on wine is that it does not have to be expensive, elite or difficult to understand. It should be an integral part of every evening’s meal. Collura’s wine list at Andina received the 2006 and 2007 Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator.