We sat down with Kayne Prime’s resident sommelier, Rob Rose, to hear his unique and inspiring story. Whether it is his impeccable eye for detail or his polished presence, Rob’s devotion to his craft is remarkable. He is constantly striving to challenge himself and further his education, especially in the realm of wine. Rob serves as both a role model for those he leads at Kayne Prime and a benchmark of professionalism and personal development for the entire M Street family.
Describe your journey with M Street.
I had just returned from Afghanistan after serving in the army and was on the hunt for a job. Having done a lot of humanitarian aid work in the Army, I found that my previous work experience did not really translate into a definable job in Nashville. My friend suggested that I look into Kayne Prime as I was searching for a job. I started at Kayne in January of 2013 as a food runner and worked my way up to my current position. Currently, I serve as the Beverage Director at Kayne Prime and also as the Beverage Tech at M Street's support center where I develop the wine and spirits programs for our restaurant concepts.
How did you become interested in wine?
I never really had an appreciation for wine until I started working at Kayne Prime. It all started when I took my first wine course in the support center. I had worked at M Street for about two or three months when Chris Hyndman (M Street’s CEO) led a wine 101 course. Being my first interaction with learning about wine, I quickly realized that developing my knowledge of wine would be very useful for my job at Kayne Prime. I decided to take the introductory sommelier course following the wine class at M Street. Six months later, I got certified as a level two sommelier. I have been continuously working on my wine knowledge ever since.
What is your favorite wine?
Wow, that is so difficult. I have never met a wine I could not appreciate. This time of year, I like to drink Rieslings and high acid Whites that are crisp, cool, and not super heavy.
Where is your dream wine destination?
I would love to plan a trip to Australia and New Zealand to visit some vineyards there. They are always on the cutting edge of the wine world.
Which wine destinations have you already visited?
I have been out to California and Washington.
Do you have a favorite bottle of wine that Kayne Prime carries?
It would be so hard to choose a favorite. I hand select the wines that we put on the list, so I love each bottle for different reasons.
What is your favorite Kayne Prime menu item?
Oh, this is also tough! They are all ridiculously good. But, if I had to pick a favorite it would be the Farro Rigatoni. I seem to eat that quite a bit.
What is something someone might know not about you?
A lot of people probably do not know that I am in the Army Reserve. Every year, I do training for three and a half weeks in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
How do you spend your time outside of M Street?
Most of my time is taken up by my daughter who is a year and half old. I try to spend every minute I get with her. I am also always studying wine, trying to get better at my job.
What is your favorite part about working for M Street?
The growth. I am so fortunate to be able to learn new things and have people take an interest in having me learn. I have never worked at a place where I have been encouraged to pursue anything I want as far as educating myself and having such limitless potential to move up. It is very rewarding.
Who is your mentor?
At M Street my mentor is Chef Bob (Kayne Prime's Executive Chef). He is always trying to make me better at what I do. He is so professional and put-together; it really inspires me to do the same. Chef is one of the most creative people I have ever worked with. When we sit down to build a menu together, he fires off ideas that I would never even think of. I am always striving to make him proud and be as professional as he is.
What is your favorite Kayne Prime memory?
A couple of months ago, I met a soldier who just got back from overseas. His family did not have a reservation, but we were able to take care of him. I ended up chatting with him and it turned out that he had been in the same part of Afghanistan as I. It was such a great feeling to be able to share what I do now with someone who had similar previous experiences to me prior to M Street. Anytime you get to connect with someone table side creates such great memories.
Thank you to Rob for always reminding us what M Street is all about: memories, personal development, and meaningful relationships. Rob’s presence in the M Street community is both refreshing and inspirational. We are so grateful to have him as part of the M Street family.