Nathaniel has been a steward of wine and service along California's Central Coast for nearly 15 years. He has captured the sense of hospitality and raw beauty that pervades these communities while cultivating promising relationships along the way.
Nathaniel approached finer service at Seagrass Restaurant in Santa Barbara, owned and operated by Mitchel Sjervin. He honed his palate under John Locke, Wine Director at Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant in Santa Cruz. Nathaniel also established a service focused culture with the esoteric wines of Randall Grahm at Le Cigare Volant.
Love for food and wine is shown in his unshakeable enthusiasm. Nathaniel loves being on the floor during service, interacting with his guests as he is always focused on the guests' needs.
In 2012, he earned his Introductory & Certified Sommelier certifications through the Court of Master Sommeliers. In 2013, Nathaniel joined the ranks as the Restaurant Director at Aubergine. His attention to detail and passion for wine has made him a wonderful candidate in creating the steps of service, crafting a coastal cuisine focused wine program and overseeing day-to-day operations here at Aubergine.
In 2014, Aubergine was awarded Forbes Travel Guide 5 Star Rating. Nathaniel was also appointed as Chef Sommelier of Relais & Chateaux GourmetFest 2014. Ultimately, Nathaniel aligns his passion for creating memorable guest experiences with having "The Heart of a Servant", the core value of David Fink, owner Mirabel Hotel & Restaurant Group.