Eric Renaud

Wine Director, Bern's Steak House


For Eric Renaud, the senior sommelier at internationally acclaimed Bern’s Steak House, a passion for wine created an entirely new career path. Previously an F-16 fighter jet mechanic, Eric Renaud had developed a passion for wine during his seven years of travel in Europe with the military. While stationed at Macdill Air Force base in Tampa, Florida, Eric began worked part time at Bern's as a wine steward. Soon thereafter he left the military for a permanent spot at the restaurant and after several years of devotion to the craft of wine was promoted to sommelier in 1998. Eric has been Senior Sommelier for the past six years and manages Bern's two other sommeliers as a table consultant for dinner guests. Additionally, Eric is oversees inventory, cataloging, and computerizing Bern's famous 6,500+ label list, as well as maintaining the wine inventory in all of the three adjacent warehouses. Renaud has become a recognizable face of Bern's Steak House and has offered his expertise to the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, The Travel Channel, Food Network, the WSJ online, Wine Spectator, Food and Wine Magazine, Tampa Tribune, and the Tampa Bay Times among others. He has also contributed to wine books/cookbooks and has appeared in TV spots that have profiled Bern's and the wine program. Renaud continues to broaden his wine expertise with travel to wineries in Napa, Europe, Australia and South Africa. He devotes many hours to the study of vintage wines and wineries to gain better understanding of the vast collection that Bern’s offers its guests. Sharing Bern Laxer's philosophy that everyone should have the opportunity to drink great wine, Eric's expertise is knowing that though expensive wine should be great, great wine doesn't need to be expensive and he excels in choosing the greatest wine at the best price.