wine director & sommelier - san francisco
After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Laser Physics from UCLA, Sarah decided to take a leave of absence from her Ph.D. program to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She moved to New York City, obtained a sommelier certification through the Sommelier Society of America and an Advanced Certificate from the WSET, and set out with a backpack on a one and a half year journey through the wine regions of Europe, Australia, and South America.
Upon her return to California Sarah opened the original Barrel Room in San Francisco in August 2011, The Barrel Room Rockridge in December 2013, and The Barrel Room San Francisco at 415 Sansome in 2015.
Born and raised in Colorado, Manuel Hewitt began his culinary career in his late teens working in various capacities in restaurants. He ventured the big island of Hawaii where he began working as sous chef. Deciding to further his career through more formal education he moved to the Bay Area to attend the Culinary Arts Program at the City College of San Francisco from which he graduated in 2012.
Manuel joined The Barrel Room Rockridge in February 2014 and opened The Barrel Room San Francisco with co-owners Sarah and Carolyn.
wine director & sommelier - oakland
Carolyn’s love of wine stems from its capacity to bring people together and to create enduring memories. Whether it’s crafting unforgettable wine and food pairings or learning more about other cultures through history, food and language, she is constantly finding new avenues to explore when tasting and discovering new wines from around the world.
Carolyn began her wine journey 9 years ago in New York City where she received her Sommelier training. She moved to the Bay Area in 2009, where she worked at Chez Panisse in the wine department. Carolyn helped open the original Barrel Room in August 2011 and has since opened their Oakland location and San Francisco location.