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Kevin HartNEW MAKER!

Cincinnati, OH


Kevin Hart is an experienced sommelier and decorated student of the vine. He worked the floor at Boca for seven years, eventually becoming the sommelier and general manager. Alongside Chef David Falk, he developed his palate for pairing food and wine. He deepened his knowledge of French wines while working with Mobil Four-Star Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel. His stint as sommelier at Pigall’s, a Relais & Chateaux restaurant, impressed upon him the importance of classic styles in the kitchen and in the bottle. After years in the restaurant world, he felt the time was right to take his career to the next level by leveraging his friendships with top wine producers, connoisseurs, and obsessives. In 2012, Kevin teamed up with his mentor, Gordon Hue, to grow wineCRAFT, an importing-distributing company based in Cincinnati. The success of wineCRAFT led Kevin to return to Boca Restaurant Group as Beverage Director, giving him a broader platform to express his point of view on quality-crafted wines and the honest farmers behind the bottles. In 2015, Hart’s entrepreneurial spirit surfaced and he launched HART & CRU to focus on bringing wine education, product selection and market expansion to an array of corporate clients, as well as concierge services—such as tastings, private events, and cellar management—to his private clientele.