Gregory Schwab

Sommelier, Harry Waugh Dessert Room



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Gregory Schwab, a native of Long Island, New York had never intended on working with wine when he began his professional life after college. After receiving a BA in Political Science from SUNY Oswego in upstate New York, he took a job as an organizer and assistant campaign director for a Non Profit in Baltimore, Maryland. However, after making plans to attend graduate school, and earn money as a server before hand, Greg quickly realized that the world of wine and hospitality was calling much louder than anything else he had ever encountered. 

Greg began his new career from square one, working as a server in a mall anchor restaurant in the Baltimore Suburbs. His goal was to make each year count, and continue down this road as long as the challenges kept coming, and the scope became wider. Within three years of taking a job as a server, he was working as a Sommelier for Lidia Bastianich in New York City, and soon after was running a program of his own at Rare 650 Prime Steak and Sushi on the Gold Coast of Long Island. 

After passing the notoriously difficult Advanced Exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and building a nationally recognized program at La Cuchara Restaurant in Baltimore, Greg's life brought him to Tampa, and the Bern’s Restaurant Family, where he is Wine Director of Haven Restaurant. When not at Haven, Greg can be found spending time with his cats Kalis and Charlie, and his fiancée Alexa, usually playing frisbee or watching Star Trek.