Christopher Bates

F.L.X. Wienery, F.L.X. Table and Element Winery

Christopher Bates, MS, has spent over 15 years in all aspects of the hospitality industry, lending him a well-rounded perspective of all facets. Christopher and his wife Isabel own and operate F.L.X. Hospitality, F.L.X. Wienery ( , Element Winery ( , F.L.X. Table ( and F.L.X. Culture House in the Finger Lakes.

Previously as General Manager & Executive Chef of Hotel Fauchère, Relais & Chateaux Christopher over saw the 16 room hotel and four restaurants. Prior to his time at the Hotel Fauchère he spent four years at the Inn at Dos Brisas, Relais & Chateaux, where under his direction as General Manager and Sommelier they won numerous honors such as Mobil/Forbes 5 Stars, Relais & Chateaux, Relais Grands Chefs and were named one of the 100 most exciting wine programs in the US from Wine Enthusiast, an honor that he won again at the Hotel Fauchère in 2013.

In 2012 Christopher was named Best Young Sommelier in the World after winning Best Young Sommelier in America previously in the year. He went on to win TopSomm 2013, Americas most important sommelier competition, before passing his Master Sommelier Exam in May 2013, making him the 199th person in the world to do so, and the first to ever pass as a working Executive Chef. More recently, Christopher was included in Wine Enthusiasts Top 40 under 40 taste makers list.

Christopher and his wife Isabel have settled in the Finger Lakes region of New York with the intention to be a part of the growing hospitality industry, and be a part of the future growth of the Finger Lakes. Christopher Is an active member of the sommelier community and continues to educate as a lecturer at The International Culinary Center, and with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

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