Born and raised in Colorado, Brett Zimmerman discovered his passion for wine while working his way through the University of Colorado, first as a busboy and then a waiter. The owners of Boulder’s Laudisio and Flagstaff House saw his potential and introduced him to all aspects of the business. Zimmerman soon found that he enjoyed cooking and food far more than the summers he spent on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Following graduation, he decided to apply the same professional approach he had learned as a Business Administration major to finding a job in the culinary industry. He set his sights high, and was soon accepted for a sommelier position at the highly acclaimed Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago.
At Trotter’s, Zimmerman found a wine program steeped in the rich tradition of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Working with other Masters, he began to expand his knowledge and appreciation of fine wine. He continued this education after relocating to San Francisco to serve as sommelier for celebrated restaurant Aqua, before ultimately deciding to return to his native state and open his own restaurant, Mateo.
A popular Provençal-style restaurant, Mateo flourished under Zimmerman’s leadership. After three years, he left the restaurant business in order to focus on his true passion – fine wine – taking a position as Colorado’s General Manager of the American Fine Wine Division of Southern Wine and Spirits. This dedication to his craft culminated in the spring of 2007, when Zimmerman successfully passed his Masters Examination and earned the highly coveted distinction of Master Sommelier.
In August of 2010, Master Zimmerman purchased the Boulder Wine Merchant from fellow Master Sommeliers Wayne Belding and Sally Mohr. In this current role, Zimmerman is able to combine his expertise in fine wine with his passion for excellent customer service honed while working in world-renowned restaurants, providing his clients with an unparalleled experience.
Master Zimmerman currently lives in Boulder with his wife, a co-owner of the Wine Merchant, and their son.