Affiliate Sommelier

Jose Maria Aguirre

Jose spent most of his childhood living in Ecuador before returning stateside for university. In 2008, Jose started his career with Kimpton Hotels in Miami and after working various positions in food and beverage, he quickly noticed that the wine world was his true calling. After three years in Miami, Jose moved to another Kimpton property in Chicago. As his passion for wine grew, he immersed himself in wine education and passed the Introductory Sommelier Exam, and soon after, the Level II Certified Sommelier Exam. In 2013, he moved to San Francisco to take over the wine program at the lauded Fifth Floor restaurant. The following year he passed the Advanced Sommelier Exam.

In 2016, Jose moved to Los Cabos to lead the wine program at the Waldorf Astoria in Los Cabos; it was this opportunity that opened his eyes to the immense potential that existed in Mexican wine markets.

In addition to working with Consorzio, Jose is also currently the Wine Director at Maum, a Michelin-starred Korean tasting menu restaurant in Palo Alto. There he continues to expand the Maum cellar as he prepares for the Master Sommelier exam.