Ask the Sommelier with Jesse Rodriguez of Addison—San Diego, CA
Sommelier Jesse Rodriguez
By Antoinette Bruno and Elyse Viner
5300 Grand Del Mar Court
San Diego, CA 92130
A former history teacher with two Masters degrees, Jesse Rodriguez’s classroom is his dining room, where his diners receive a most unconventional education. As sommelier at the Addison restaurant, Rodriguez’s philosophy is to offer the guest something they wouldn’t see in any other restaurant. He’s created his own collection of private label wines from small producers around the world that are only available at Addison.
Rodriguez began his career at the luxurious Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, assisting with inventory and eventually acting as sommelier for private wine parties. After working at The French Laundry (and assisting in setting up the sommelier team for Bouchon Las Vegas and Per Se in New York), Rodriguez now directs the entire wine program at the Grand Del Mar resort, selecting his list based on classical producers from around the world, as well as what he refers to as “hidden blue chip producers.”