Bay Area native Danielle Kuzinich began her career in the kitchen before discovering her true passion in service and wine. Danielle was the longtime general manager, wine director and chef of The Hidden Vine, recognized as one of the country’s best wine bars, before taking over the bar and rebranding it as the San Francisco Wine Society in 2021. At SFWS, Danielle and her team of seasoned sommeliers celebrate great wines from around the world with a list recognized by Wine Spectator with an Award of Excellence.
Previously, Danielle was the wine director at Grand Cafe, where she managed a list of more than 500 labels and oversaw more than $1 million in annual wine sales. As director of guest relations at one-star Michelin restaurant Fifth Floor, she managed private dining and worked the floor as Matîre’d. Under the guidance of her mentor Emily Wines, MS, Danielle passed her Introductory and Certified exams with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Danielle’s first front of house job at age 19 was assistant manager at Town Hall restaurant, one of the busiest restaurants in San Francisco, where she studied the art of hospitality under veteran restaurateur Doug Washington. She graduated from the California Culinary Academy.