Sommelier Erik Liedholm of John Howie Restaurant Group - Biography

Bellevue, WA

October 2014

Company Wine Director/Partner Erik Liedholm of the John Howie Restaurant Group in Seattle, Washington and his wine lists have received numerous awards including Best New Wine List in America by Food and Wine magazine and Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator magazine. He was also named Sommelier of the Year in 2012 by Seattle magazine.

Liedholm also owns and is the distiller at Wildwood Spirits Co. located in Bothell, Washington. Much of the inspiration for the company is derived from Liedholm's upbringing on Wildwood Street in East Lansing, Michigan Wildwood Spirits Co.’s award-winning spirits were first created at Michigan State University, of which he is an alumnus.

Formerly, Liedholm was director of food & beverage at the Elliott Grand Hyatt Seattle and general manager of the Pacific’s Edge restaurant at the Highland’s Inn Park Hyatt in Carmel, California. Also an accomplished chef, he has cooked alongside such culinary luminaries as Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert, Takashi Yagahashi, the late Jean-Louis Palladin, and Julia Child.

Liedholm is a cum laude graduate and honorary faculty member at Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business. In addition, he was the youngest member ever to be inducted into the Chicago chapter of Les Amis d’Escoffier. He is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, The Sommelier Society of America and Advanced Level Sommelier (Level III) and a Certified Distiller from the London-based Institute of Brewing and distilling. Liedholm’s expertise is featured in many newspapers and magazines both locally and nationally including Food and Wine, Sunset, Gourmet, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Liedholm was also featured in a PBS documentary that was focused on Washington wine.

When Liedholm isn’t pouring wine he is spending time with his wife Zoey, cooking, running, cycling or getting into trouble with their daughter Edie.