Chuck Nix

Certified Sommelier

Chuck Nix is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and Certified Specialist of Wine with The Society of Wine Educators. He has been working as a Sommelier/wine buyer/consultant in the South since 2016. He is currently with Mangia Bene Hospitality Group as a Sommelier/Wine Manager. Chuck has been in the hospitality industry for approx 20 years and focused on wine for the last six professionally. His start came with the Hillstone Restaurant Group at Houston’s Restaurant in Memphis, TN. His continued experience steered him to working with James Beard Award winning and nominated chefs from the American south.

He is the senior board member and co-founder of the Southern Sommelier Collective, a burgeoning initiative to connect professionals and enthusiasts in the southern U.S. to advancehospitality and wine culture in the region.

Chuck hosts a weekly interview series called Monday Meditations with Wine under the moniker and social media handle The Bearded Wineaux @beardedwineaux . This platform is centered around highlighting beverage, hospitality, and culinary professionals in the south making notable achievements. This effort coincides with the Southern Sommelier Collective initiative.

His dining room floor experience in the southern U.S. has helped him to navigate underserved communities and develop a sense of empathy, a trait all but lost in the “everyday hustle” of the hospitality profession. He has a desire to educate and unite. That desire is centered on the dining room floor and expands to the community. Chuck believes in not just being nice, but kind to the people he comes in contact with.

Chuck Nix is a featured speaker at SommCon San Diego