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Charles William Kelley

Sommelier, Fiola Mare Washington DC

CW Kelley has been in the hospitality industry for over 30 years with the past 22 years in the Washington, DC market. Joining the Fiola Mare team in August 2018, CW works with two other sommeliers to maintain a 1000-label wine list with a depth of 8,000 bottles for the restaurant. CW also works with a Wine Spectator Grand Award list at Fiola in Washington DC that has a 3000- label wine list and one Michelin Star. He has earned a Hospitality Management certificate from Cornell University. 

Having worked with passionate sommeliers during his career, CW found the same passion for wine. Certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2015, he has been accepted into the Advanced Sommelier program in 2017 taking only the class that year and plans to apply for the test in 2021. CW graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Viticulture in May 2018 from Missouri State University-West Plains through Vesta-USA which is a National Science Foundation-funded program to help students attain certificates or degrees in Viticulture, Enology, and Wine Business. CW is also pursuing an AAS in Enology with VESTA and will complete the degree in 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

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