Johnny Slamon was always destined to fall into wine. Like many who share in the passion, Johnny was drawn to San Francisco to pursue vinous endeavors. He began, initially, with little in the way of practical restaurant aptitude. Johnny was fortunate enough to catch a break and found himself working for the illustrious Fifth Floor Restaurant with Master Sommelier Emily Wines.
Master Wines graciously mentored Johnny for a number of years and watched him advance through the ranks of the restaurant, eventually selecting him for the role of Lead Sommelier. Emily instructed Johnny with a nurturing mentality, encouraging him to make mistakes, take chances, and most importantly: have fun. Through Emily’s encouragement, Johnny began to participate in the greater wine community. He has lent his services to such organizations and causes: Pebble Beach Food & Wine, SF Chefs. Food. Wine. , the Millennial Wine Drinkers Competition, and the Sonoma County Wine Auction Weekend.
Johnny left the Fifth Floor in the fall of 2010. It was bittersweet, but it was time for Johnny to explore the world outside of the familiar. Johnny joined the Alexander’s Steakhouse team originally in a support role. By April of 2011, he had ascended to the position of Wine Director. Johnny has had the pleasure of continuing the strong wine tradition of Alexander’s while adding in his own sense of style to the list.
Johnny currently holds the title of Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and has intentions of earning his Advanced Certification in the near future. When not pursuing his interests in wine, Johnny can be found exploring beer, sake, cocktails, and consuming copious amounts of ginger beer.