Brahm Callahan, Wine Director
Raised in Western Massachusetts, Brahm Callahan’s upbringing was very old-world in style. From an early age, Brahm learned just how important a part wine plays to a meal, and growing up he even stomped grapes and made wine with his father. His family bottled several special vintages the year he was born to share with him on his 18th birthday. “They weren’t necessarily the best wines, but it was very special to see how the wines had matured”.
At 17, Brahm started at The Shelburne Falls Wine Merchant, learning many aspects of the business from his mentor Paul-Thiery de la Blotier. By the age of 18, Brahm was running wine tastings, managing the cellar and working on dinners with winemakers and local restaurants. While attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brahm continued to work at the Wine Merchant and worked part time as a Wine Steward in many of the top restaurants of Western Massachusetts.
After moving to Boston to attend graduate school at Boston College, Brahm embraced Boston’s wine community and began working as a sommelier while finishing his graduate work. Through his time at top Boston restaurants, including Excelsior and Rialto, Brahm has developed an interest in small producers who make terroir driven wines. “For me there is nothing better than finding a wine that speaks of its origins and reflects its own unique terroir.” Brahm expanded Excelsior’s list to over 900 selections, staying current with developing appellations and fostering relationships with up-and-coming winemakers.
In 2009, Himmel Hospitality was thrilled to have Brahm as part of the opening team of Post 390, Boston’s first Urban Tavern. There, Brahm created a beverage program that included not only an expansive list of excellent, affordably priced wines; he added a 40+ selection craft beer list and competitive cocktail program. While at Post 390, Brahm passed the grueling Advanced Sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers on his first attempt, and is currently studying for the Master Sommelier exam.
Now as Wine Director at Grill 23 & Bar, Brahm will look to develop the award-winning list of over 1,500 selections; focusing specifically on finding new cult producers as well as maintaining a balanced list that offers amazing selections for wine connoisseurs and novices alike.