Advanced Sommelier John Filkins joins the Officina team eager to share his knowledge of Italian drinking culture with Washingtonians. John’s fascination with the wine world began while working at a local bistro during his undergraduate years studying finance at Loyola University. As John learned the foundations of his wine education, it was the experience of sharing that knowledge with customers that ignited a career-long pursuit of excellence in wine service.
John has garnered multiple awards while overseeing the beverage programs for acclaimed restaurants including the Four Seasons Baltimore, Wit and Wisdom, Rosewood DC, A Tavern by Michael Mina, and Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola Mare and Michelin starred Fiola Ristorante. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 John was awarded “Best Sommelier Mid Atlantic” in Chaîne des Rôtisseur’s Best Young Sommeliers Competition, finishing third place nationally. A certified advanced sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, John is currently working his way towards his master diploma, the highest and most sought-after title in the wine industry.
In 2017, John accepted an opportunity to join the beverage team at Michelin-starred Masseria, working with Nicholas Stefanelli’s award winning Italian-forward wine program, which welcomes some of the world’s leading producers to the restaurant for DC’s most impressive wine dinners. At Officina, John oversees the dynamic wine and cocktail program that includes impressive private classes and wine dinners.