Sommelier Matthew Carroll - Biography

September 2011

Matthew Carroll has unusual qualifications for a sommelier. Beyond experience in high profile wine programs, including the 12,000-bottle wine cellar at the Inn at Little Washington, Carroll worked as a crisis counselor for special needs students. His responsibilities—including meditation, training, and counseling—serve him well as a sommelier (particularly well, we imagine, with hard-to-read guests!). He spent almost three years at the Grand Cru Wine Bar before he eventually became sommelier and cellar master at The Inn at Little Washington. While there, he worked closely with the chef, Bertrand Chemel, to create nightly wine pairings that accompanied the multiple tasting menus. Carroll completed his Court of Master Sommelier’s Advanced Exam in 2009. As a sommelier, he brought his passion to educating diners at The Inn over to Falls Church, Virginia at the fine dining restaurant 2941, where he remained for a year. Carroll currently works at Chef R.J. Cooper’s urban fine dining restaurant in Washington, DC, Rogue 24.

Beyond his degree from Towson University in Music Education, Carroll is also a certified Spanish wine educator. In 2007, he passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Certified Specialist of Wine exam. That same year, he passed the Certified Sommelier exam. In 2009, in addition to becoming a Master Sommelier, he won the Chaine des Rotisseurs’ young sommelier award.

Carroll is passionate about educating his staff and guests and keeping wine approachable to create a wider array of customers. He believes that the ultimate study curriculum should involve that favorite activity of sommeliers—tasting. He frequently participates in competitions, like the second annual Somm Slam, to push his limits as a sommelier.