Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Meet Mark Thostensen ~ Manager/Wine Director: Wild Ginger Bellevue

From sous chef to flair bartender, craft barkeep and then sommelier, Mark spent over twelve years knee-deep in every aspect of the restaurant life. He always had a strong affinity for the craft cocktail world, adores the juice of barley, and is a complete scotch nerd. His passion for wine, however, only truly began with a less-than-thought through decision to sit for the Court of Master Sommeliers intro exam. By the time Mark passed his certified exam, he was a full-fledged oenophile, he had drank the Kool-Aid and was hooked on a life in wine.

Mark has been a part of Wild Ginger since 2011. He enjoys the challenge of pairing international wines with the diverse world of Southeast Asian cuisine. Now Mark turns his focus on education, not only for guests, but for his colleagues and other aspiring wine professionals. Next up - the Certified Cicerone exam and Certified Specialist of Spirits.

When not jetting around the Wild Ginger opening esoteric vintage Riesling bottles, you can usually find Mark cooking with his wife, catching up on TED talks, or playing video games. A Theatre and Drama major from Indiana University with a minor in Voice, there is also a good chance you can find him poking around underground gorilla theatre troupes and off-off-broadway productions. 

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