Ryan Bailey, a Sonoma County transplant, started his career while in high school at one of Sonoma’s best restaurants, The General’s Daughter. After studying and working in physical therapy, Ryan redirected his career towards his passion in wine and continued his formal education at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone in St. Helena.
Following his time at CIA, Ryan pursued certifications in wine, beer, and sake. In 2013, Ryan joined the team at NoMad in New York City and quickly rose to the rank of Head Sommelier. He now leads the Los Angeles wine team and curates NoMad’s entire wine and beer program.
In addition to working the floor, Ryan writes educational focused pieces for a few industry publications. Most recently he was named Wine & Spirits Magazine's best new Sommelier and represented the USA in the 2019 Copa Jerez International Sherry Competition.
In partnership with the design firm Klein Agency, Ryan is now getting ready to launch Portae – a company focusing on customizable service-related smallwares and the first-ever three format wine cradle.