Adjunct Wine Faculty

Christopher Bates, MS, has spent over 15 years in all aspects of the hospitality industry, lending him a well-rounded perspective of all facets. Christopher and his wife own F.L.X. Wienery and Element Winery, and are currently opening F.L.X. Table (a small restaurant focused on a communal tasting menu format) and F.L.X. Culture House (a nano-brewery focusing on sours and barrel aged beers) in the Finger Lakes. Christopher’s experience in hospitality includes front of house, back of house, hotel and restaurant management, wine production, etc, and it is no surprise that his passions and interests encompass all things hospitality. He was the General Manager & Executive Chef of Hotel Fauchère, Relais & Chateaux and General Manager and Sommelier at Dos Brisas, Relais & Chateaux. In 2012 Christopher was named Best Young Sommelier in the World after winning Best Young Sommelier in America previously in the year. He went on to win TopSomm 2013, Americas most important sommelier competition, before passing his Master Sommelier Exam in May 2013, making him the 199th person in the world to do so, and the first to ever pass as a working Executive Chef.