Originally from Madagascar, following private schooling in France and Switzerland, René Chazottes first set foot in the United States in 1967. René’s career prospered and the following are some of his achievements:
Founder and Member of the Board of Directors of The Sommelier Association of California and Former Vice President of The Sommelier Society of America.
A sought after jurist for wine, chef, and sommelier competitions at such well known events as:
The Los Angeles County Fair, The Long Beach Grand Cru, Dallas Wine Competition,
Michigan Wine Competition, National Orange Show – Pacific Rim,
New York State Wine, Riverside County National Wine Competition,
San Diego National Wine Competition, and
Cofradia del Vino de Baja California (Wine Society of Baja California)
Club Managers Association of America
Has judged for Sommelier contests both in the United States and France
A very popular guest speaker and makes several appearances a year, including:
The Kapalua Wine Symposium
The Society of Wine Educators
The School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at California State
Polytechnic University, Pomona
Also, René been featured in the New York Times, Wine Country Living, USA Today, The Orange County Reporter, Santé Magazine, and formerly was the director of the tasting panel for the Underground Wine Journal.
Conducts Wine and Gastronomic tours in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, California, Washington, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
In 1988 René was pronounced “Best Sommelier” in the United States. He also is the only Frenchman outside of Europe to hold the title “Maitre Sommelier” and the title of “Commandeur” in the International Association of Masters counsel in French Gastronomies.