Andres A. Contreras

Years of Participation

Andres, a second-generation Charlestonian whose parents immigrated to the US from Chile, did his undergraduate studies in Psychology at the Johns Hopkins University. Upon his return to Charleston, he began his foray in the food industry as a server at 39 Rue de Jean, a French Brasserie. It was this Charleston institution that nurtured his early interest in food and wine. Needing to be challenged further, Andres began day work at Southern Season, a gourmet food and wine shop, as he studied and tasted wines from around the world.

After a year at Southern Season, Andres joined the management team at Rue de Jean and worked closely with their team to curate their list of over 300 bottles. After seven years under the great tutelage at Rue, Andres was named Charleston City Paper's Best Sommelier for 2017, was included in Zagat Charleston's Top 30 Under 30, and was selected as the Charleston-based keynote speaker for the 2017 Wines of Chile Campaign in the US.

Andres loves reading, traveling, and, of course, wine. While Chilean and French wines are his passion, he's always looking for his next favorite wine region / producer and an opportunity to share that find with others.