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What You Don’t Know About Arrested Celeb Sommelier: Caleb Ganzer Biography Wiki, Age, Net Worth, Family, Facebook, Instagram and More

Caleb Ganzer
Caleb Ganzer

Who is Caleb Ganzer?

Caleb Ganzer was a New York-based wine specialist who has reportedly been arrested on July 28, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) confirmed to the news outlets. Mr. Ganzer was arrested for setting numerous outdoor dining structures on fire in Manhattan, near the restaurant where he worked.

He has also been charged with starting fires in lower Manhattan near the famous Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels.

The Illinois native moved to New York about a dozen years ago

How old is Caleb Ganzer?

Caleb Ganzer is 35 years old as of the year 2021.

Caleb Ganzer Wiki, Bio

Ganzer is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In 2009, he graduated from the uni with a degree in international studies. While studying, Ganzer worked as a server at a local Italian restaurant. He also had a brief gig as a wine consultant, at the Corkscrew Wine Emporium.

He began an interest in the wine after a semester abroad, in Paris.

Caleb Ganzer Sommelier

The experience led him to take up a gig as a manager at Flute Champaign Lounge.

Ganzer obtained a certification from the famous Court of Master Sommeliers and moved to New York to pursue his career professionally. In 2015, he joined the Parisian wine bar Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels.

In 2017, he also started his own digital wine course and app called VKnow.

His efforts have not gone unnoticed. In 2017, Food and Wine named Ganzer their ‘Sommelier of the Year’.

The previous year, he was awarded ‘Best New Sommelier of 2016’ by Wine & Spirits magazine.

In 2020, Ganzer made headlines after he became one of the 1,022 candidates to put their name up for the presidential election. “It’s actually surprisingly easy, you just have to fill something out online,” Ganzer told.

His platform was built on investing in community colleges, getting back to civility in politics, and repairing the “broken” food system. He never made it to the ballot and continued to work at Surnaturels.

Caleb Ganzer Wine

In a video posted on the website, greatsommeliers.com, Ganzer, then the Eleven Madison Park sommelier, was seen demonstrating a technique for serving port wine that involves heating a pair of tongs with a Bunsen burner so that they can be used to cut off the bottle’s top “to bypass the cork and just get at the wine.”

“This is the most dramatic aspect of it,” he says at one point in the video. “It’s the fire.”

Caleb Ganzer Net Worth

The sommelier has also been extensively interviewed by several high-profile and local news outlets.

In 2017, a news report indicated how he singlehandedly helped Surnaturels become a go-to in SoHo. “When Ganzer came on board, he began by reinventing the bar itself — starting with its list,” Vinepair reported.

Today, that very same bar is being forced to distance itself from Ganzer, after his arrest.

Caleb Ganzer New York City

A slim man with long hair crosses a dark, empty Manhattan street in the middle of the night.

He has a lighter in his right hand as he approaches a wooden dining shed of the type that has sprung up across NYC.

On Wednesday, fire officials announced that the sommelier, Caleb Ganzer, had been arrested in connection with three fires, including two at outdoor dining sheds in Manhattan.

Mr. Ganzer started the fire seen in the video, at a structure belonging to Prince Street Pizza, just before 3 a.m. on July 13, officials said.  Both sheds, especially Forsythia’s, were damaged by the fires, but no one was hurt, officials said. Still, Daniel Nigro, the fire commissioner, noted in a statement that “every act of arson has the potential to spread rapidly, endangering the lives of New Yorkers.”

Fire officials did not indicate what motive Mr. Ganzer, 35, might have had for starting the fires.

Caleb Ganzer Arrested

According to the FDNY, Ganzer was responsible for at least three fire incidents around the Surnaturels.

In January, June, and July 2021 he set fire to a number of outdoor dining structures, which thankfully haven’t caused any lasting damage or injuries. He was first arrested on July 13 for setting fire to Prince Street Pizza.

That led authorities to link him to fires on January 8 at Forsythia Restaurant.

The Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels has also been forced to distance itself from Ganzer.

We as the company are aware of the incident, and Mr. Ganzer is on a leave of absence,” they said in a statement

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