A San Francisco (previously New York City) based sommelier, Peter Weltman is a published food and travel writer, importer, & contributor for various food and wine publications.
Peter is the creator of Borderless Wine, a movement encouraging people to explore and drink off the beaten path. In turn, wine buying can also be a form of activism. He was an ambassador for The National Campaign for Wines of Greece, conducting education across North America. Also, with his nascent Greek truffle importing company, Eklekto, Peter conducts business in San Francisco, New York City, Montreal, Toronto, and can regularly be found in any of these markets. Before being a sommelier at The Modern inside of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) NYC, Peter began in the dining room of Eleven Madison Park in 2009. During his tenure, the restaurant achieved 4 New York Times Stars, 3 Michelin Stars, and ranking of 10th in the world as voted on by San Pellegrino. In 2012, he went to open the now critically acclaimed NoMad Restaurant as a sommelier, which achieved 3 New York Times Stars and 1 Michelin Star while he worked there.
Restaurant work aside, Peter has traveled extensively to top culinary regions around the world as a food ambassador and writer. In 2008, he was awarded the Kopf Award through Kobrand Importers to visit their properties in California, Italy, and France. In 2011, he worked on a story about making olive oil in Croatia for Islands magazine. Then, in 2013, he garnered a travel award from Australia’s Sommelier Immersion Program (SIP) to attend as a professional wine ambassador. Soon after Australia, he was invited on two press trips to Europe. The first was an invitation from Noma Restaurant to attend their two day MAD Food Camp in Copenhagen; the second invitation was under the auspice of the Fladgate Partnership In spring 2014, Peter went to report on lesser known wines and regions located around Greece for a to be published article. In April 2015, Peter traveled extensively in Germany's Mosel, Nahe, and Rhinegeau regions to study Riesling, and in September, he was invited to The Republic of Georgia by their Minister of Wine, Lisa Granik MW. In 2016 he was invited to Argentina by Wines of Argentina, participated in the ROI Communicated Conference in Jerusalem, and went to Japan to write articles on wine and tea.
Peter is a contributing author for the cookbook I Heart New York, A Moment in New York Cuisine (Ten Speed Press, 2013). For the book, he traveled all around New York State to interview and write character sketches for the 58 farmers and artisans. It was recognized with a 2014 award for the photography by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). Additionally, it was nominated for a coveted James Beard Award in 2014.
A 2009 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park), he is a Certified Sommelier through The Court of Master Sommeliers and holds an Advanced Certificate through The Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). He may be reached directly via the form below and welcomes any questions about food, wine, tea, and travel.