Saturday, March 14, 2015

Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown Appoints Keith Goldston to Master Sommelier

The Rye Bar at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown

From our friends at the Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown...

Napa born, Keith Goldston joins Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown to take over the hotel’s wine experience at The Grill Room and The Rye Bar. He joins Capella D.C. from Aggio and Range where he served as Wine Director for both award-winning restaurants. Regarded as one of the brightest and most talented master sommeliers in the world, Goldston is America’s 47th Master Sommelier and a recipient of the prestigious Krug Cup trophy.

“We are thrilled to welcome to The Capella Washington, D.C. team someone with such remarkable talents as Keith,” said Marco Bustamante, General Manager, Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown. “He will introduce exciting, interactive wine and food pairing experiences that will be approachable to our guests - even for newcomers to wine tasting. Keith will ensure your experience is not daunting and that you enjoy a taste of his global wine journey that has shaped him into a world-class sommelier.”

Goldston has a great understanding of not only the wine industry but also the restaurant industry, amassing over 25 years of experience in that sector and has consulted, trained and lectured around the world. Wine Spectator lauded Goldston by calling him “a wizard at matching food with interesting wines.”

Goldston was appointed Wine Director for Picasso in Las Vegas in 1998 and assisted in earning the restaurant a spot on Esquire’s “Restaurant of the Year list in 1999 while Wine Spectator called it one of the “Top Ten Best Restaurants” in America. He then joined Charlie Palmer Steak in Las Vegas as Sommelier and Wine Director, revitalizing the establishment’s wine program back to an award-winning level. Goldston was then tasked to create and manage Charlie Palmer Steak’s 800 selection wine list in Washington, D.C., in 2003.

A master sommelier who has immersed himself fully in the great wide realm of fine wines and spirits, Goldston’s travels have taken him to Japan to make sake, judging wine competitions in China and South Korea, opening wine bars in India, crossing the Andes in search of great wine and then returning to his hometown of Napa to work for the Culinary Institute of America where he has taught and conducted exams for thousands of students - all that while serving on the Board for the Court of Master Sommeliers.

About Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown:
Ideally located alongside the historic C&O Canal and cobblestone sidewalks of Georgetown, Capella Washington, D.C., features 49 luxury guest rooms and suites accompanied with unparalleled personalized service by a team of Personal Assistants who are available around-the-clock to assist guests with their requests. Inside, guests can enjoy creative, seasonal menus at The Grill Room which has outdoor seating available with stunning picturesque views of the capital city and The Rye Bar, which offers a personally curated collection of rare rye whiskeys, carefully composed cocktails and a specialty menu of innovative bar fare. The hotel’s wrap-around rooftop pool and bar boasts some of the best sights in the D.C. area with sweeping views of the Potomac River, the Washington Monument, Kennedy Center, Roosevelt Island, and the Spires of Georgetown University. Capella D.C. provides a top-tier retreat for the discerning world traveler, positioning guests between the center of culture, shopping, dining, and the headquarters of international policy and finance.

Capella D.C. was named as one of the “Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the United States” in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards. The hotel also received the prestigious “2014 Grand Awards” by The Andrew Harper Collection which recognizes hotels that are intimate, possess strong individual personalities, offer relaxing atmospheres and demonstrate an extraordinary devotion to personal service. The hotel is located at 1050 31st Street, NW Washington, DC 20007. For more information visit