Gretchen Thomas serves as Wine & Spirits Director for Barteca Restaurant Group, overseeing all wine, spirits and beer selections for both Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant and bartaco concepts, as well as seasonal cocktail creations, wine and mixology training and development, and beverage-themed events including wine dinners, wine classes and cocktail classes.
At Barcelona, Thomas supervises one of the largest Spanish wine programs in the United States, managing 350 labels from 11 countries, with more than half of the menu devoted to wines from Spain, and the rest from South America. Thomas also currently manages her own line of imported wines under the Gretchen’s Selections portfolio, curating a selective list of fine wines from small producers in Spain and South America.
Thomas initially envisioned becoming a chef, even attending the Culinary Institute of America, but realized her true passion was with wine, while studying at some of Europe’s most prestigious properties in France and Italy. After graduating as valedictorian of her class from the CIA, Thomas worked as a sommelier and restaurant manager at various restaurants in the Hudson Valley, most notably Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck, New York.
Thomas has obtained various levels of certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), and is also a certified Spanish Wine Educator from the Wine Academy of Spain, where she scored in the top 15 in the world.