Adjunct Wine Faculty
Eric Entrikin began his career in the restaurant and wine industry while in high school. After holding various positions in the Los Angeles area, he landed a job at the Regency Club in Westwood with then relatively unknown chef, Joachim Splichal. Joachim offered Entrikin the opportunity to follow him to his new restaurant, Patina, where he was the assistant to the maître’d and sommelier. While working for the importers, he was able to travel extensively to many of the wine regions of France, gaining valuable firsthand knowledge of this complex country.
In 2005, he accepted the position of sommelier at a new steakhouse opening in Cupertino. Alexander’s Steakhouse offered him the opportunity to create a wine list from the ground up, which gives the guest some personal experience into many of the wines. In 2008, the wine list was awarded the Wine Spectator’s Best Award of Excellence. At Alexander’s he enrolled in the Court of Master Sommeliers’® introductory course and continued through the other levels, becoming a Master Sommelier in 2010.
Further, Eric garners 20 years of experience in wholesale, distribution and import, which has involved the sale of wines from every major wine producing country in the world, with a focus on Europe and many of the unique varieties of grapes and styles of wine produced. This wide spanning experience allows him to have a unique view of the wine industry and the viability of wines in the US markets. He divides his time between teaching the next generation of sommeliers and consulting for various clients, in addition to advising on the US wine market.