Jodi Bronchtein joins the Audrey team as Wine Director, bringing a wealth of experience from her time in the world of wine and decades in the hospitality industry.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Brooklyn and Fredericksburg, Virginia, Bronchtein received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Humanities and Social Sciences. Upon graduating from college, Bronchtein brought her strong sense of compassion and knowledge of human behavior to a variety of roles, including careers in teaching children on the Autism Spectrum and working as a Counselor for marginalized youth.
Jodi began her wine career in 2011 at Sean Brock’s McCrady’s in Charleston, SC. After witnessing the level of attention placed on every dish, Bronchtein realized she needed to better understand how wine and food interacted. During a blind wine tasting with the McCrady’s team at line-up, she started studying, obtaining her Certified Sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers.
After five years at McCrady’s, Jodi walked the Camino Frances from France to Muxia, Spain. The Camino de Santiago encouraged her to travel and Bronchtein worked as a Sommelier at L’Espalier in Boston, Kokomo Private Island in Fiji, and Press Restaurant in Napa Valley. She partnered with Benchmark Wines leading wine tastings and interviewing producers and formed her own private business Ultreia Wine Outfitters before driving to Nashville to rejoin Sean Brock and team at Audrey in 2021.
Bronchtein’s extensive wine mastery and hospitality background, coupled with her innate ability to comprehend and translate a guest’s wants and needs, brings a tremendous advantage to the Audrey team. To Bronchtein, leadership is best taught through example and her impact can be seen throughout the restaurant’s operations, including menu planning, wine pairing, event coordination, and weekly hour-long staff wine education. Her favorite place to be is pouring wine during service watching guests thoroughly enjoy their experience.
Jodi became an Advanced Sommelier in 2019 and recently sat for Master’s Theory. In 2021 she obtained her Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 3 and is planning on obtaining the WSET Diploma in 2022.
When she’s not working, you can find Jodi buying plane tickets, traveling, voraciously reading, cooking, and studying.