About the Team
Eric Entrikin is a Master Sommelier, one of 269 worldwide, and instructs at the Introductory, Certified, Advanced and Master Levels for the Court of Master Sommeliers. He was also an adjunct instructor for the International Culinary Center in Campbell, California teaching their Intensive Sommelier Training program.
His love of wine started at an early age and progressed through many experiences in the wine and hospitality industries, culminating in his successful passing of The Master Sommelier Diploma in 2010. One of only 269 sommeliers in the world to reach this top level of certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers since 1969.
Since then he has also acquired certifications from WSET Level 3 in Wine and Spirits, The French Wine Scholar and The Italian Wine Professional programs to add to his Master Diploma.
His experience in the wine and hospitality industry spans over 35 years, he has held a cross section of various positions in the US wine industry including wholesale, retail,restaurant and production. This wide spanning experience allows him to have a unique view of the wine industry and the viability of wines in the US markets.
His experience in the California restaurant industry has includedpositions as assistant Sommelier of theoriginalPatina restaurant in Hollywood and Wine Director at Alexander’s Steakhousein Cupertino and San Francisco.
His 20 years of experience in wholesale, distribution and import has involved the sale of wines from every major wine producing country in the world, with a focus on Europe and many of the unique varieties of grapes and styles of wine produced.
The recent teaching and instructing in his career has allowed him to contribute to the wine professionals and sommeliers of the future. Most recently as Director of Wine Education for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits in California. Currently as the Global Brand Ambassador for Germain-Robin California Brandy.
Randall “Randy” Bertao is of 100% Azorean descent and it was his maternal grandmother, an ethnic winemaker, who first introduced him to wine. In fact he bottled a barrel of her final vintage and is still in possession of a few bottles of it today.
It was the age old European tradition of sharing wine at the table with family and the people you love that first inspired his vinous pursuit’s. Later, a chance encounter with a bottle of 1961 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, with all its thought provoking complexity, inspired a lifelong career odyssey that included restaurant management, ownership and importing wine in England that eventually lead him to the Court of Master Sommeliers where he earned his Master Sommelier credential in 2005, one of only 269 worldwide.
Randy loves sharing his knowledge and expertise with savvy and novice tasters alike. He currently lectures and proctors examinations for the Court of Master Sommeliers, and enjoys mentoring students as they advance through the program. He has endless curiosity and is always inspired to introduce wine lovers to new and interesting wines.