Wine Sales Manager
Curtis Bagnoli’s thirst for involvement in the world of wine developed as he gained experience as a server in fine dining restaurants. As a fourth generation Arizona native, Curtis attended Arizona State University and obtained his Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition, furthering his education in the food industry.
After completing his degree in 2008, Curtis packed his bags for Houston and was hired as a server at Eddie V’s. While working there, Curtis decided to enhance his culinary education by enrolling in the ISG class at the University of Houston Hilton College. Additionally, while in Houston, he obtained his Level 1 and 2 certificates for the International Sommelier Guild. In October of 2011, Curtis received his certification as a recognized Certified Wine Specialist by the Society of Wine Educators.
In 2013, Curtis was hired by The Tasting Room Wine Café, where he worked at the CITYCENTRE location. His dedication to wine education paid off when he was named Wine Sales Manager for both The Tasting Room’s CITYCENTRE and Uptown Park locations, and soon thereafter was transferred to helm the wine sales at MAX’s Wine Dive’s original location on Washington Avenue in Houston. In June 2014, Curtis reclaimed his position of Wine Sales Manager at The Tasting Room Uptown Park.
Curtis is most excited “to be involved in delivering an exceptional experience to each guest.” His passion for the industry stems from “the artistry and romance that wine has to offer,” and he loves coaching each server on their knowledge of wines from around the world. In his down time, Curtis enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and experiencing the fantastic Houston food scene.