Richard Dean is the consummate sommelier.
He’s not only one of 211 people in the world to have passed the rigorous certification process to earn the title of Master Sommelier, he was the second one in the United States to do so, becoming the youngest person at the time to achieve that feat globally.
Now at the Michelin-starred Campton Place, he oversees a world-class collection of more than 10,000 bottles. He spends about $400,000 annually to stock its temperature-controlled cellar with premier vintages and varietals. And each evening, he can be seen meticulously polishing his collection of strikingly curvaceous glass decanters used to spotlight particular wines at their best.
Dean has created a veritable showcase of wines from the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and Australia not only to dazzle but also to illuminate. To that end, he pioneered the restaurant’s popular «Wine Scene with Richard Dean,» the nearly monthly, intimate winemaker’s dinners that he began at Taj Campton Place in 2007.