About ris

Leah Cheston: Assistant General Manager/Wine Director

Leah Cheston graduated in the spring of 2004 from Wake Forest University, where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art. With all intentions of pursuing a career in graphic design, Leah was distracted by the wine industry shortly after graduation when she worked as general manager for Marshall Street Smokehouse & Wine Bar in Winston-Salem, NC.  Her passions for wine and graphic design took her to San Francisco where she worked as the web designer and wine sales associate for the California Wine Merchant. Her understanding of the nuances of wine and graphic design continued to coincide as she went on to create the portfolio for a wine wholesaler, Universal Wines & Spirits, based in Miami, FL, as the director of supplier relations.  Leah began her wine education with the United States Sommelier Association in Miami, and has since completed the Advanced Program of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.  She is currently enrolled in the Diploma Program with the WSET.  In August, 2008 Leah accepted the position as the wine and beverage manager for the opening team at Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Leah worked at Brabo for two years after the opening, where she developed an extensive wine program for Brabo, Brabo Tasting Room, and the Butcher's Block.