Gretchen Thomas is the Chief Creative Officer for Barcelona Wine Bars. Thomas was previously and for over 17 years, the Wine & Spirits Director of Barteca Restaurant Group, the parent company of Barcelona Wine Bar and Bartaco.
For Barcelona, she oversees one of the largest Spanish wine programs in the United States which has received numerous awards including "Best Organic Wine List in the World" by World of Fine Wine Magazine. Thomas also manages all spirits and beer selections and all cocktail creations. As head of the creative team, she manages all innovations and creative initiatives from their inception to implementation and marketing. She has developed and taught numerous staff and public wine classes and frequently leads seminars at trade conferences, such as Somm Con. Most recently she co-created the brand Conserva, an e-commerce site that is a retail and online lifestyle extension of Barcelona Wine Bars.
She has obtained various levels of certifications from WSET, CMS, CSW, WSG, and NOSA. She is a certified Sherry Specialist, a certified Spanish Wine Educator from the Wine Academy of Spain, where she scored in the top 15 in the world, as well as earned the highest honors as a Spanish Wine Scholar.