Adjunct Wine Faculty
Jim Rollston brings nearly 20 years of experience in the wine and hospitality industries to ICC and currently serves as the Wine Director for three-Michelin star Manresa in Los Gatos.
He previously held sommelier roles at world class resort properties from Cyrus Restaurant in Healdsburg to the three restaurants of The Lodge at Pebble Beach. In addition to his restaurant experience, he has also worked in a number of winemaking roles at wineries throughout Northern California.
In 2013, Rollston started his journey towards the Master Sommelier exam when he was awardedthe Rudd Scholarship from the Guild of Sommeliers. Presented to the highest scorer in the Advanced Sommelier exam from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, the scholarship provides Master Sommelier candidates with funds for coursework and an invitation to attend the Rudd Masters Roundtable in Napa Valley, CA. After several years of study and working with mentors in the wine industry, he earned the prestigious title of Master Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers in May 2016.
In addition to his position as Wine Director for the three-Michelin star Manresa, Rollston also oversees the beverage team, lending his expertise to beer, cocktails, spirits, and more in pairing with Chef Kinch’s cuisine. Rollston was named one of Food & Wines Best Sommeliers of 2017.