Rising Star Sommelier Ryan Arnold of Lettuce Entertain You - Biography

Chicago, IL

May 2015

While Ryan Arnold was a college student in Rome and Torino, Italy’s seductive gastronomic culture distracted him from his studies. Enamored with the hospitality industry, it was only a matter of time before he pursued a career in wine. In 2004, Arnold was on the opening team of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Osteria Via Stato, where he was reacquainted with the grace and flourishes of Italian wine. He then joined the team of the renowned importer Vin Divino as a sales rep, quickly moving up the ranks to regional manager, and next, becoming a powerful force at Winebow of Illinois.

A few years later, Arnold returned to LEYE as divisional wine director, overseeing numerous wine programs, including RPM Italian, Paris Club Bistro and Bar, Hub 51, and Summer House Santa Monica. He co-founded Squire Wine Co., a site promoting wine events and job openings in Chicago, and even developed a wine of his own, “Abide,” a Sonoma City Pinot Noir now sold in many of Chicago's top restaurants. Arnold earned a 2015 StarChefs Rising Star Sommelier Award for his work and took home the win at the 7th Annual Somm Slam at the StarChefs International Chefs Congress in 2016.