Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Joshua Orr got his start in the wine industry while attending Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California. He worked for Breakaway Wine Tours as well as at a tasting bar for the Edna Valley Vintners Association.
Following graduation from Cal Poly, he lived and worked for a year in the famed Burgundy wine region of France. Upon returning from France, Orr moved directly to Las Vegas to begin work as a sommelier at B&B Ristorante in the Venetian Hotel and then at Fiamma Trattoria in the MGM Grand Hotel, as well as passing the first two certifications in the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Before joining Marina Kitchen as the Director of Beverage, Orr was the wine director for Vineagogo, a wine company in San Diego. He holds the Advanced Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and was awarded the Rudd Scholarship for top honors in the class. He is also certified as a specialist of Sake from the Sake Education Council and holds a bartender's certification through Pernod Ricard’s Bar Smarts program.
In 2014, Josh was awarded top honors at the Guild of Sommeliers Top|Somm competition. Judged by Master Sommeliers and administered under the US Court of Master Sommeliers.