Bio: Christophe Tassan

Born and Raised in Avignon, Christophe’s first job as sommelier was at his family’s local restaurant, l’Auberge de France, steps from the Pope’s Palace. Since then Christophe’s roles within the wine world have included superstar sommelier, wine consultant and educator. He has been chef Alain Ducasse’s go-to wine guy functioning as sommelier and wine director for Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, and wine director for George Perrier at Philadelphia’s finest French restaurant, Le Bec Fin. Currently, Christophe is the wine director for The Battery and the Birch Family’s Estate in Sonoma.

Christophe has a vast network of personal relationships with the best winemakers in the Rhône Valley, grown from his many years living in the region. Christophe completed his sommelier diploma from the Universite du Vin, the Rhône Valley’s professional wine university. He won the title of 2nd Best Young French Sommelier in 1988, Best Sommelier “South of France” in 1992 and became in 2000 Master Sommelier UDSF. In 2004 he was rewarded with the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France - Sommelier, France’s highest sommelier distinction.
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