Sommelier Michael Maller of Mateo Bar de Tapas - Biography

Durham, NC

December 2013

After traveling through Spain and experiencing some of the country’s greatest wines, Michael Maller knew he was destined to spend his days drinking and sharing the good stuff. A stint at New York’s Gramercy Tavern led to an opportunity with Chef Matt Kelly of North Carolina’s Vin Rouge. Maller next helped open Mateo Bar de Tapas with Kelly, and he now is ushering in the Triangle’s next age of wine, and turning an educated clientele onto Sherry. As the beverage director of Mateo and the beverage director and general manager of Vin Rouge, his extensive wine lists pair well with Kelly’s locally sourced, globally inspired menus, while shining a spotlight on some of Spain’s greatest wines.