Meet Serena – The Sommelier

Growing up in Paso Robles, Serena Harkey was given an excellent advantage to learn about wine early on in life. Beginning her career in restaurants at the age of 14 formed the foundation for her passion for food, wine and hospitality from the get go.

During the summer she turned 19, her sister invited her to pick up a few serving shifts at The Wine Attic, a small boutique wine store, owned and operated by Sommelier, Jan Manni.

It was under Jan’s tutelage that Serena was mentored about wine and and developed a passion for wine service, before moving on to study under Ian Adamo at Bistro Laurent in Paso Robles.

In 2012, Serena received her Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 2 certification, during her tenure as the Wine Director of Thomas Hill Organics. It was in 2014 that Serena made the move north to San Jose where she joined the Left Bank family of restaurants.

As the Sommelier of LB Steak, located on the beautiful Santana Row, Serena drives the wine program with a strong focus on domestic and international wines that compliment the cuisine of a modern American Steak House.  Most nights she can be found at LB Steak facilitating wine service, holding a staff training and doing what she loves most, making guests happy through wine.

In her spare time Serena travels back to Paso Robles to spend time with her family and “small zoo”. When not enjoying a glass of wine poolside, she can be caught at the gym or relaxing with a good book in hand.