Sommelier Mollie Battenhouse, DWS of Maslow 6 - Biography

New York, NY

September 2010

It’s not a widely known fact that a bachelor of fine arts can make for a good entry into the food and beverage industry, but that’s how Mollie Battenhouse found her way. A student of painting and sculpture, Battenhouse supported herself through school by working in restaurants.

She graduated from Wesleyan College in Connecticut, but the pace and energy of restaurants beckoned, and Battenhouse made it her mission to assemble a stellar resume. She enrolled in The Culinary Institute of America and graduated at the top of her class. She would go on to work at acclaimed restaurants like Payard Patisserie and Bistro and Pondicherry in New York City.

Battenhouse’s move into wine began with a part-time job at Joshua Wesson’s Best Cellars shop in Manhattan. Battenhouse found her home in wine at the store; what started as a part-time gig turned into an eight-year tenure. She returned to the restaurant world to work as head sommelier at Tribeca Grill, where she was responsible for maintaining a Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list.

These days, Battenhouse is the wine director at Maslow 6, a wine shop in Manhattan. She continues her own education (she currently holds a Diploma of Wine and Spirits and is working towards her Master Sommelier certification), and also teaches classes and seminars at Maslow 6 and The International Wine Center.