At only 35, Carlton McCoy Jr. is recognized as only one of three Black Master Sommeliers in the world. Having honed his skills in revered, fine dining institutions such as Per Se, Aquavit, and The Little Nell, he has a wealth of knowledge in the hospitality and wine industries. But, now more than ever, McCoy offers a unique perspective on the wine industry.
Recognized as an active member in the wine community, he uses his position to advocate for diversity and inclusivity – and is committed to being a beacon of change. To that point, he recently joined the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Diversity Board to assist in the creation of scholarships and opportunities for diversity, the James Beard Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and the advisory board at Vinous