Kathy Morgan is Washington D.C. based wine educator and consultant. In 2010, she passed the rigorous Master Sommelier examination, becoming the 105th Master Sommelier in North America – and the 19th woman in the world to earn the distinction. Having spent 12 years in the restaurant industry as an acclaimed sommelier and wine director, she currently teaches classes for wine professionals and consumers, and runs her own consulting firm, handling restaurant wine programs and private events.
Kathy’s love of wine began at home. As the only child of a wine collector and amateur chef, she had the remarkable opportunity to taste great wines at an early age. Once she caught the restaurant bug in college, she knew she wanted a career in wine. In 1999 a former colleague believed in her talents and, despite of her lack of experience, handed her the reigns of the wine program at D.C.’s historic Occidental Grill (where, coincidentally, her parents had their first date in 1963). Determined not to disappoint, she learned quickly, and from every source available. During her four years at the Occidental, she dramatically improved the wine list, and increased the visibility of what had been a struggling wine program. She later brought her talents to other top restaurants in the area, including the elegant Italian, Ristorante Tosca, and the modern American, 2941 Restaurant. Most recently, she ran the vast and highly esteemed French focused wine program for Michel Richard at Citronelle Restaurant in Georgetown.
Over her career Kathy has garnered numerous awards and accolades. Under her direction, 2941, Tosca and Citronelle all earned nominations for “Best Wine and Beverage Program” from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. In 2007, Washingtonian Magazine selected 2941’s wine list as one of the top five in the D.C. metropolitan area. In 2010, the Washington City Paper named Morgan the best sommelier in Washington.
Kathy has offered her expertise and experience to many of the world’s leading wine publications as a taster, commentator, contributor and panelist. Her credits include The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, The Washington Times, Sommelier Journal, Food and Wine Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Flavor Magazine. She has also provided her expert opinion for WUSA TV and BBC America World News.
One of her favorite roles is as a mentor and an educational leader in her community. She regularly assists others in their endeavors to pass blind tasting exams; she is an instructor at the Capital Wine School and a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. In 2011, she was tasked to be the Chairman of the 2012 American Heart Association’s Heart’s Delight Wine Auction Committee.