A New Orleans native, Chris worked at Emeril’s and the Brennan family’s restaurants. After graduation from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, he pursued his wine passion as a sommelier at Seattle’s Canlis restaurant. Chris worked his first harvest in 2005 at Gramercy Cellars in Walla Walla. By 2007 he had taken top honors at his Advanced Sommelier exam and won the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs “Best Young Sommelier in America” competition, winning the worldwide competition a year later. He was subsequently named “Best New Sommelier” in America by Wine & Spirits magazine. Soon after, he took over the beverage program at Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant, Spago Beverly Hills, quickly developing the program into a Wine Spectator “Grand Award” winner; while there, he earned his Master Sommelier Diploma in 2012. After spending harvests learning the finer points of producing coastal Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Chris founded Seabold Cellars in Monterey County in 2017 and acquired his first estate vineyard in 2023.