Stephen Wittman II, food-and-beverage director at One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach, Fla., has been recognized as a certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas. A results-oriented leader, Wittman will curate diverse wine lists and expert menu pairings to enrich special event programming and the award-winning Azurea restaurant and lounge.
“I am incredibly proud of Stephen for his dedication to the craft and going above and beyond to master the intricacies of wine culture,” said Ted Peters, VP of culinary for the luxury division of Remington Hotels, which manages One Ocean. “His certification establishes a heightened standard of trusted beverage knowledge and attentive service throughout One Ocean Resort & Spa.”
During the certification process, Wittman became expertly versed on numerous wine regions, identifying wine’s age, varietal characteristics and flavor notes. The extensive examination consists of deductive tasting, theory, decanting and practical service, showcasing candidates’ attention to detail and presentation.
“I pursued this recognition because of my passion for continued education and enhancing the guest experience through the enjoyment of wine,” Wittman said. “As a certified sommelier, I am able to advance Azurea’s artfully-inspired menus and match ideal pairings for both One Ocean guests and special event clients.”