Carlos Solorzano-Smith is the founder of Aspen Cellar Consulting and a prominent sommelier based in Aspen, Colorado. He studied wine under the tutelage of top master sommeliers, including Dustin Wilson, Eric Railsback, and Rajat Parr. He has also trained at world-renowned restaurants Eleven Madison Park (NYC), Marta (NYC), The Modern (NYC), Maialino (NYC), Blackberry Farm (TN), and more.
A rising star in the wine and restaurant industries, Solorzano-Smith’s expertise is only matched by his passion for learning and magnetic personality. His unlikely journey began at age 21 when he immigrated to the United States from Guatemala, having never had a sip of wine nor spoken a word of English.
Solorzano-Smith began his career in hospitality working for various luxury hotels and high-end restaurants across the nation, from Boston to New Orleans, to Park City, and finally to Aspen’s Little Nell and Matsuhisa. Beginning as a back server, Carlos tirelessly worked his way up the ranks, dedicating nearly every moment of the day to growing his career and mastering his craft.
By 2012, Solorzano-Smith was named Chef Nobu’s wine director for Matsuhisa Colorado, entrusted with managing the beverage program in Denver, Vail, and Aspen. In 2018, he launched Aspen Cellar Consulting, which has helped clients worldwide enhance both their wine collections and wine knowledge. In 2021, he launched Aspen Hospitality Group.
Carlos lives with his wife, Sarah Rose Attman. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and trying out new restaurants.