​Greg Rivera

​ADVANCED SOMMELIER  |  ​AUGUST WINE GROUP

​Greg Rivera is the Napa Valley Vintners Ambassador for the state of Florida and the Client Liaison – Southeast for the August Wine Group. Formerly at The Breakers Palm Beach, Greg Rivera managed the restaurant’s beverage program and supported the extensive employee training program by leading wine classes and mentoring his associates.

Prior to entering into the wine profession, Rivera was a US Army combat officer and longtime executive. While collecting wines as a hobby and taking basic classes, he was bit by the “wine bug” and changed careers to pursue his passion. He received his Certified Sommelier credentials from the Court of Master Sommeliers and passed his Certified Specialist of Wine test. While attending the Culinary Institute of America-Greystone's Basic and Advanced Wine Professional Immersion program from 2008 to 2009, he completed the program's Advanced Certified Wine Specialist certification. In 2011, he received his Advanced Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and graduated from the Wine and Spirits Education Board’s Diploma program. Currently, Greg is a candidate in the Master of Wine program and preparing to sit the Master Sommelier examination.

Among his many accolades, Rivera won the 1st Ruinart Chardonnay Competition for the southeast region in 2010. In 2012, he was the only sommelier to pass the advanced certification test administered by BARSMART, an online bartender certification and education program and the top scholastic score of the Wines Australia program. In 2015, he led the winning team, el Huaso, in the Wines of Chile Wine Bar Wars competition. A member of the Society of Wine Educators and the Court of Master Sommeliers, Rivera has judged several wine competitions, participated in various South Florida panels and conducted seminars for Full Circle Solutions.

A native of Santurce, Puerto Rico, Greg resides in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife Kristin.