Rachel Del Rocco
Rachel DelRocco is a New Jersey native who has gained 15 years in the hospitality industry in New York, Austin, and Houston, Texas as a manager, bartender, and sommelier. She has tended at bars in Austin, Texas at Midnight Cowboy, Contigo Austin, and Weather Up Austin and has also spent time working with Genuine Article, a bookkeeping and hospitality consulting business, and has written and copyedited press releases, proposals, and business plans for multiple bars and restaurants.
In 2013, she took a job as a bartender on the opening staff of Paul Qui’s flagship restaurant, Qui. Her cocktails have been featured in the Austin-American Statesman, Tribeza, and Whole Food’s Dark Rye online magazine. She eventually became the beverage director in order to oversee the wine program, manage the bar, and curate wine pairings for all tasting menus. She earned a national Eater Young Gun award in 2015 for her program.
In Houston, Rachel further advanced her wine education as a sommelier at Camerata in Houston and during her time there was a recipient of FSR magazine’s 40 Under 40 and one of Imbibe’s 75 for 2016. She has also received the title of 2016 Best Sommelier at this past year’s TexSom conference. She is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is based out of Oaxaca, Mexico. She is excited to turn her focus on her speaking and writing with a passion for agave spirits, advocacy, and wine.