Patrick Emerson is the founder of Communion Wine Club LLC., a wine and beverage consultancy for new and existing restaurants nationwide. As a consultant, Patrick assists on and off-premise accounts on a project-to-project basis. He specializes in worldwide wine selections, handcrafted cocktail mixology, the creation of ongoing staff training programs and menu design.
Since moving to Charleston, South Carolina, rated “the #1 tourist destination in the world” by Conde Nast Traveler, Patrick has established himself in the regional market as a leading sommelier and wine director in the restaurant wine scene. He is a member of the board for the Charleston Wine and Food Festival (Top 5 Wine and Food festivals in the USA), now in its 8th year, and is responsible for recruiting wine talent from all over the world. In, November 2012, he was voted as the top sommelier in Charleston by national and regional critics, and was honored at the highly acclaimed “Ultimate Critics Dinner”. In addition to wine, his skill at cocktail mixology has won him praise in many publications, including GQ Magazine (winner of the Bombay Sapphire Challenge), Southern Living, Food and Wine Magazine (Best cocktails), Local Palate, Charleston Magazine, City Paper and the Post and Courier. His restaurant wine lists have been awarded 28 Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” since his tenure began.
Patrick has attained his Advanced Sommelier (AS) certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CWS). He will sit for his final Master Sommelier Diploma next year. He is also a founding member of the Charleston chapter of the US Bartenders’ Guild.
A native of England, Patrick was a recipient of the prestigious Morehead scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduating with a Highest Honors degree in Speech Communications and Dramatic Arts, he worked as an actor and within the restaurant industry in South Africa, at Lincoln Center in New York City, with the Patina group in Los Angeles and with the Circa group in Wilmington, NC.
In 2004, Patrick joined Maverick Southern Kitchens in Charleston as the wine and beverage director for four successful restaurants, High Cotton (and its sister restaurant in Greenville), Slightly North of Broad, and The Old Village Post House. Now as an outside consultant, he maintains responsibility for all staff wine training, wine and cocktail list development and hosts special events. In addition, he regularly teaches a wine tasting program with Maverick’s newest operation and culinary center, Charleston Cooks!
Patrick’s latest clients include top restaurants, boutique wine shops and prestigious hotels, as well as private collectors worldwide.