Maximilian Kast MS Joins Sommeliers Choice Awards Judging Panel

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08/03/2021 We're super excited to share the latest addition to our 2021 judging panel for the Sommeliers Choice Awards - Maximilian Kast MS

His specialties include Service, Blind Tasting, Wine List Creation,Wine Training, Beverage Program Management, Restaurant Management, Guest Relations, Special Events Coordination, Goal and VisionCreation, Team Building, and Dreaming Dreams Big Enough for many Lifetimes.

“Wine is a beverage that can connect people, it can act as a universal language, if presented with hospitality, humility, and inclusion. This is at the heart of my professional philosophy. A philosophy developed over my years operating award winning wine programs, managing territories for a boutique importer, and teaching wine classes around the country. I’ve always loved that the hospitality and wine industries are ever-changing and dynamic.

Therefore, I always remain a curious student, ready to learn and adapt. It’s an approach that has led me to become a Master Sommelier, a hard-won certification that I achieved after eight attempts. I enjoy building and running excellent wine programs, hospitality teams and events. 

I believe the best way to achieve the highest levels in hospitality and wine is by leading with compassion, where inspiring and mentoring others for success is the building block for great, productive and happy teams,” Maximilian shares.

In 2018 after over a decade of traveling, tasting, studying and more studying, Max earned the coveted designation of Master Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Max in one of only 256 Master Sommeliers in the world. Since 2016 he has worked for Broadbent Selections, where he passionately promotes their diverse portfolio of family-owned global boutique wineries from around the world including the wine that set him on his path, Chateau Musar.

The 2024 Sommeliers Choice Awards results are out! View the results here.