Peter Plaehn is a 20+ year veteran of the hospitality industry with experience in restaurant operations, corporate training & development, education and wholesale distribution. He has trained and opened nearly a dozen restaurants across the country.
Upon returning to the Midwest, he focused on wine and beverage and has held positions as Operations Manager and Sommelier for the award-winning Nicollet Island Inn, Luxury/Craft Specialist for Wirtz Beverage Group and Beverage Director for the JW Marriott Minneapolis.
He is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and in 2016 became the first sommelier in Minnesota to achieve the Court of Master Sommeliers' Advanced certificate. After attending the exclusive Rudd Foundation Masters Roundtable in Napa Valley in 2017, he will be the first Minnesota sommelier to sit the Master Sommelier exam in 2018.