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Meet the Assistant Restaurant Manager & Sommelier
As the Assistant Restaurant Manager/Sommelier of Vinifera, Nicole Bernard brings with her a passion for wine and food cultivated over a 16-year career in the hospitality industry. She has held an assortment of restaurant positions including cooking, kitchen management, bartending, serving, restaurant management and sommelier positions.
Nicole is a Certified Level II Sommelier, granted by The Court of Master Sommeliers, and is currently studying for the Advanced Level III Exam. Prior to joining Vinifera, she worked at a slew of notable restaurants in the metropolitan area including Range by Bryan Voltaggio, Willow Restaurant and Trummer’s on Main. Nicole also spent time at various restaurants in Las Vegas and in her home state of Massachusetts.
“Food and wine are passions – they are fun and they are meant to make you pause in instant moments of delight, splendor and bliss. A bottle of good wine is like a good book – it develops its own life and changes over time.”
Meet the Executive Sous Chef
A native of Northern Virginia, Chef Jason Hopkins has over 23 years of culinary experience ranging from kitchen and restaurant management to menu planning and kitchen design consulting. He studied Spanish and History at Virginia Commonwealth University and went on to get his Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary Arts Management from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
Prior to joining Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro, Chef Hopkins spent two years as executive chef at the popular DC bistro, Café Deluxe, where he managed kitchen operations and assisted on rebranding efforts for all four locations. Before returning to the metropolitan area, Chef Hopkins worked at the Four Seasons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Here, he learned to uphold the highest level of standards in a five-star hotel and resort.
In his spare time, Chef Hopkins enjoys traveling.
The Westin Reston Heights
Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro is conveniently located adjacent to The Westin Reston Heights, surrounded by great shopping, area museums and galleries. The hotel is moments from Dulles International Airport and a short cab ride from our nation’s capital.