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Master sommelier Roberto Viernes was born in the Philippines and migrated to Oahu, Hawai‘i at the tender age of fifteen months with his family. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in French Language at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, he began his career in the hospitality industry as an aspiring chef. Roberto planned to use his love for food and French language skills to go to culinary school in France. However, while apprenticing under Chef Yves Menoret at Clicquo restaurant, Roberto took the introductory course for the court of Master Sommeliers in 1997 and has been hooked on wine ever since. Roberto received the coveted title of master Sommelier in 2005 and is currently general manager for American Wine and Spirits. He travels extensively to classic wine growing regions around the world to gain an even better understanding of wine and is also active in teaching courses with the court of master sommeliers.