Christopher Peiffer completed his B.F.A. in photography at Ohio University before moving to Chicago in 2005 to pursue a degree in culinary arts. Upon completing his degree in 2007 Chris began to pursue his career in the hospitality industry. As Chef de Cuisine at Frasca Wine Bar Chris found a passion for wine.
In 2009 pursuing this passion he worked to become the beverage trainer at Japonais in Chicago. In 2012, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager and Wine Director of Japonais by Morimoto, here utilizing his experience he fostered a culture of service that left guests with even their unexpressed wishes. In 2015 Japonais by Morimoto was awarded the Wine Spectator award of excellence for their outstanding wine list.
In 2015 Christopher joined Parker Restaurant Group as the General Manager of The Hampton Social & The Bassment. Calling upon his experience, Christopher worked with staff to create beverage program that was unique and progressive.
In 2017 he joined the team as the newest member of Rootstock Wine Company. The opportunity has given him the chance to continue to grow as professional in the beverage industry while staying connected to his roots in restaurants.
“The vintage on a bottle of wine is the date that the grapes were harvested. The first time I tried a wine from my birth year, I thought about the idea that when I was born someone across the ocean was harvesting these grapes. When I was entering pre-school this wine was being aged in its bottle in a cellar. As I obtained my drivers license the wine was making its own journey to the United States. Here it sat patiently waiting for me to find it. In that one perfect moment I had the privilege of tasting the wine that it and I had both been waiting our whole lives for. From that moment on I knew I had found my true passion.”