A native of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in northeastern Siberia, Andrey immigrated to the U.S. in 1992 with his parents. After earning his BSBA in International Business, Russian Studies, and Economics from Saint Louis University, he has been a Wine Director/General Manager for a number of highly acclaimed restaurants in St. Louis, MO. This included stints at perennial James Beard Award Nominee Gerard Craft’s Brasserie by Niche, the iconic 33 Wine Bar, and most recently at Elaia & Olio, a “Middleterranean” restaurant that has garnered the Wine Enthusiast “Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America” Award twice as well as two James Beard Award nominations for Executive Chef & Proprietor Ben Poremba. Reeds American Table will be the fourth restaurant he has opened from scratch.
Andrey’s passion for wine was awakened while working under Scott Gaghan, Certified Sommelier at Vin de Set. He passed his Certified Sommelier Exam in 2009, and the Advanced Exam in August 2011 where he received the Rudd Scholarship and the Johnston Medal for achieving the highest overall score in the country that year. Andrey has since advanced to the national finals of TopNewSomm 2012-2014, as well as the national finals of TopSomm in 2015, where he placed 3rd. He was honored to place 2nd in the Chaine des Rotisseurs’ Best Young Sommelier Competiton in 2014, after a trip to the finals in 2013. In May 2015, he won the Best Young Sommeliers competition, becoming the first Midwesterner to do so. He has recently passed the Theory and Service portions of the Master Sommelier Diploma and will sit for the Tasting exam again in Aspen, CO in May 2016.
Andrey is an avid member of Cardinals Nation, a blockbuster movie buff, and a fan of most things Spanish. Travel, cooking, and the leisures of sommelierdom are definite favorites as well. He is very proud of being a part of one of the most exciting sommelier communities in the country here in St. Louis. Andrey is proud to mentor younger sommeliers both as scholars and beverage industry professionals. His family includes Mom, Dad, a 12 year-old sister named Alice as well as a 7 year-old American Staffordshire Terrier named Lyra.