Robert Jones is a Master Sommelier and National Sales Manager for Kysela Père et Fils. Prior to joining Kysela in 2001, he worked for 14 years in restaurants, hotels and private clubs in Roanoke and Roanoke, VA, Charlotte NC, Martha’s Vineyard MA, and Atlanta GA.
Under Robert’s tenure as the sommelier and assistant front of house manager for the Dining Room the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in Atlanta, GA (1996 – 1999) the restaurant earned the Mobil 5 Star award, becoming one of 14 restaurants in the country to achieve that distinction.
In October 1999 Robert passed the service and blind tasting components of the Master Sommelier exam, and in March 2001 he passed the theoretical component of the Master Sommelier exam, becoming the country’s 50th Master Sommelier.
Robert enjoys all types and styles of wine; among his favorite regions are Champagne, the Mosel valley, Burgundy, the Loire valley, Alsace, the Rhone valley, Rioja, South Africa and Madeira. Rum is his spirit of choice and Belgian ales are his favorite category of beer.
Robert is the father of a daughter and son and lives with his wife in Richmond. He enjoys traveling, cooking, tending to his garden, hiking the mountains of southwest VA, bicycling around the lake in his neighborhood, and driving twisty back roads.