Jonathan Kleeman is
the Group Beverage Manager and Executive Head Sommelier at Story Group
I am the Group Beverage Manager and Executive Head Sommelier at Tom Sellers Story Group, which encompasses the two-Michelin-star and five-rosette Restaurant Story, Story Cellar, and Dovetale Mayfair Restaurant with more openings lined up. I serve as a judge for wine and a wide array of different products in fine dining.
I am also a Qualified Cuban Havanas Expert. I live to unearth interesting wines, captivating champagnes, and stand out spirits of the less ordinary to fill the shops and people’s glasses.
From kitchen pot wash, to working as a Sommelier with some of the best hospitality talents both on the floor and in the kitchen at sites like the Ritz Hotel, Social Eating House and Orwells, to wine competitions and consulting the private and multinational companies.
Partners & Clients
What Others Say
’I have had the pleasure of working and tasting with Jonny during his time in both the on and off trade. His outstanding wine knowledge and palate are amongst the best I have encountered. Jonny is an outstanding operator and carefully selects wines that are intriguing, high quality and most importantly, the right fit for his clients. I look forward to working with him on future projects.’’
"You won't get a more passionate, committed and up to speed sommelier, or as he calls himself 'head of hydration,' than Jonathan Kleeman. He is full of ideas, opinions and great company. He would be the ideal dinner party guest as he would not only be able to talk about the wines he would make you all laugh at the same time. A unique combination of wine knowledge with the ability to communicate and talk about wine to each and everyone. Sign him up."
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What Trade Says
Harpers' Top 25 Sommeliers 2023
Harpers canvassed the trade for nominations, creating a long list of potential candidates who were then invited to submit information against a series of criteria, including: experience and training; buying and crafting the list; pricing and margins; customer service; initiatives and innovations; supplier relationships; staff leadership and training; and food pairing.
Top 100 Sommeliers 2023
The first annual ranking of the UK’s very best sommeliers Curated by Sommelier Edit, from a constantly updated database of working sommeliers, the list has been honed to select Top 100 Sommeliers, based on a points system, which takes into consideration expert wine knowledge and qualifications; level of management responsibility; working experience and seniority; and, awards and competition success.