Sommelier and Master Sommelier Host First Master Courses in Santa Barbara

WHO: Brian McClintic and Eric Railsback, managing partners of Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant, the wine bar and retail store which recently opened to rave reviews in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone.

Teaching the courses will be acclaimed Master Sommeliers from around the United States:

Brian McClintic, MS – Les Marchands , Santa Barbara

 Dustin Wilson, MS – Eleven Madison Park, New York

 Chris Miller, MS – Spago Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills

 Jay Fletcher, MS – Southern Wine, Colorado 

clip_image002WHAT: Award-winning Sommelier Railsback and Master Sommelier McClintic, stars of SOMM, the acclaimed film that debuted in 2013, will host Level I and Level II Master Sommelier Courses and Examination at Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant. This curriculum is highly sought-after and several sessions throughout the United States have sold out. McClintic and Railsback of Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant are hosting the first ever Master Sommelier courses and examination in Santa Barbara, the heart of Central Coast winemaking. 

Information and registration available via internet:

Level I – November 2 – 3, 2013

2013 Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam Application

Cost $525

Level II – November 1, 2013

Certified Sommelier Exam / Mandatory Prerequisite: Introductory Sommelier Course and Exam

Cost $325


WHEN: November 1, 2013 Level II Course

November 2-3, 2013 Level I Course

WHERE: Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant

131 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101

At the Corner of Yanonali and Anacapa

Phone 805-284-0380


About Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant

Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant is a labor of love between two sommeliers, Brian McClintic and Eric Railsback, whose wine trips to Paris and Burgundy have inspired a fresh and dynamic vision for retail, dining, and education.   Translated as ‘the merchants’ or ‘the shopkeepers,’ Les Marchands strives to create an environment where intimate product knowledge meets intimate guest interaction. They emulate the respected wine merchants they’ve encountered who distinguish themselves by seeking out quality-conscious producers, back vintage bottlings, and rare cuvees not typically seen on the open market.  Les Marchand’s import selections are Eurocentric, representing the most relevant producers in France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and beyond.  On the domestic side, the focus relies heavily on local producers who are shaping and redefining the region.

Les Marchands’ commitment to sourcing out the finest products starts in the cellar and spills over into the kitchen, where quality meets execution and the simplest dishes aspire to greatness. Share some mainstays from their cheese and charcuterie program, such as Point Reyes Toma and Jamon Iberico. Customers can drop in and enjoy seasonal offerings including fresh oysters, salade de lentilles, crostini with marinated white tuna, watercress, lemon vinaigrette or house-cured salmon, tarragon creme fraiche, and pork rillettes, whole grain mustard, Jacobsen sea salt.

About the Master Sommelier


The title of Master Sommelier is reserved for individuals who successfully complete all four levels of the Court of Master Sommeliers’ educational program. The Master Sommelier distinction is the only internationally recognized credential for individuals in the beverage sales and service fields.


l-r /Brian McClintic and Eric Railsback | photo Emily Railsback

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Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant

131 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101

at the corner of Yanonali and Anacapa


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