High Treason is the vision of John Vuong, a renegade sommelier who has played a leading role in two of San Francisco’s most influential wine programs – Ame and Gary Danko.
During his five years at Michelin-starred Ame – a year and a half of which spent as Wine Director – John delved deeply into the craft and styles of Japanese Sakes, eventually developing one of the most noteworthy sake lists in San Francisco. John’s passion for seeking out new frontiers for wine has led him to classes, seminars, and tastings all around the world, including France, Australia, Portugal, and the rest of Europe.
Ireland began his career along the San Francisco Bay Area’s Peninsula at Parcel 104 in Santa Clara under Master Sommelier Randall Bertao and then as Wine & Spirits Director at Viognier Restaurant in San Mateo, where the wine list he authored earned Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence.
Ireland brings more than fifteen years of hospitality experience. Currently a Master Sommelier candidate with The Court of Master Sommeliers, he is an Advanced Certified Wine Professional through the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and was the recipient of the inaugural Bordeaux Scholarship from the Guild of Sommeliers in 2010.