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Introducing our friend, fellow sommelier, partner in crime, and mastermind behind Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, Caleb Ganzer! Born in the ‘cornfields of Illinois,’ Caleb began working in restaurants back in college, while he was studying at the University of Illinois.
“I was studying international studies and French, and wine was kind of just becoming a passion; when I realized it could become a job, and learned that a sommelier was a thing that I could do for a living, I thought that sounded pretty cool and figured I should try and do that for a little bit-- here we are!”
Caleb spent his last semester in college studying abroad in Paris, taking a position at a Champagne bar in the city. Upon returning to the United States, he moved to New York City and worked at Daniel Boulud's restaurants, followed by Eleven Madison Park. Currently, you can find him at Nolita hotspot wine bar, Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels.
Caleb Ganzer / Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels / Wine Director & Managing Partner
Where are you from:
‘Cornfields of Illinois’
What was a wine that changed your life and why?
What is your go-to region/variety?
Australian Pét-Nat .
What was your first job?
Tacos or pizza?
Tacos, for sure.
What is something you haven't done in your life yet and can't wait to do?
Jump out of a plane
Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc?
Would you rather live in the mountains or on the beach?
Mountains, I'm not much of a beach person. I like beach vibes, but [would choose] living in the mountains.
Your wallet falls overboard and into the ocean; do you jump in after it?
No, it’s just a material item that can be replaced.
In a perfect world, where do you see yourself in ten years?
I’m 32, so at 42, hopefully still living in NYC, just in a slightly nicer apartment, with a little place upstate. Careerwise, this is it. I found the magic job.