Rising Star Sommelier Josh Kaplan - Biography

November 2011

Sommelier Josh Kaplan studied English in school, but was always drawn to wine. At MK in Chicago Kaplan's work—re-shaping the wine list, adding organic/biodynamic wines, increasing the half-bottle selection, adding Pinot Noirs from Australia and New Zealand, and increasing the selection of Italian wines—earned him a 2008 StarChefs.Com Rising Stars Sommelier Award.

Kaplan focuses on wines “made by families and actual humans,” and tries to eliminate wines made by corporations and committees. Kaplan has taken the intro course for the Court of Master Sommeliers, and is currently studying for his advanced sommelier exam with Master Sommelier Alpana Singh of Lettuce Entertain You. He currently is the beverage manager and general manager at Eleven City Diner.