Walt Disney World has a master sommelier again.
Brian Koziol, who previously worked for WDW from 1994 to 2004, has rejoined the resort with the rather cumbersome title of (deep breath) concept and development director of food and beverage, front of the house. Basically, he told me in a phone conversation, he will oversee the beverage program for all venues that serve beverages. So, a big task.
Walt Disney World has not had a master somm on staff since John Blazon was laid off in May of 2009.
Blazon, Koziol and and fellow master sommelier George Miliotes, also a former Disney cast member now overseeing the wine program for Darden Restaurants, have continued to work together to educate others interested in earning sommelier certification. Koziol said that even after Blazon left, the company continued to support their efforts. “We always had at least 50 people come through our classes” each year, he said.
Koziol was director of sales for Stacole Fine Wines before accepting the position at Disney World. “This is a bit of a homecoming,” he said. “I’m really thrilled to be back.”