365Playground Management Welcomes Jean-Sebastien Azaïs to the Team
We are excited to welcome Jean-Sebastien Azaïs to the 365Playground Management team. Jean-Sebastien Azaïs graduated with a Sommelier diploma in France and later earned an advanced diploma at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in the United Kingdom. He is the founder of B&S Wine Trading, in the south of France. With over 15 years experience as head sommelier in the luxury hotel industry, Jean-Sebastien has accumulated a wide range of accolades, including 1st Prize in the General Competition of French Young Wine Taster, awarded by the French Ministry of Agriculture (1999) and 1st prize in Blind Wine Tasting, Wine Olympia, London (2008).
Jean-Sebastien’s experience as Head Sommelier within the hospitality industry includes lauded luxury properties such as One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives, while clients for his wine consulting business include the exclusive One&Only the Palm in Dubai.
Additionally, Jean-Sebastien shares his years of experience via his worldwide business consultancy, offering the following services: Opening luxury hotels and restaurants, managing the implementation of inward organization, purchasing, creation of wine lists, training and recruitment; training on wine service standards, wine knowledge, food & wine pairings, and wine operations; reviewing and auditing wine standard operating procedures following Leading Hotels of the World (LHW); and overseeing the financial development and the recruitment of qualified staff.
In 2009, Jean-Sebastien founded B&S Wine Import, Export & Consultancy; he currently exports to 14 countries. Major import-export markets include the Middle East, Indian Ocean region, Myanmar and the Philipines, mainly targeting the Business to Business market (luxury hotels, importers, distributers), as well as a European-based private market targeting the Business to Consumer.