STOCKBRIDGE, MA—Main Street Hospitality Group has appointed sommelier Dan Thomas to the position of wine and bar director. Main Street Hospitality Group, a hospitality management company based here, owns and manages The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, where Thomas has held the role of sommelier since 2007.
Over his seven years at the Inn, Thomas has expanded The Red Lion Inn’s wine list to include over 400 selections and 50 half-bottle selections, with a focus on international artisan producers and local North Eastern regional wines. The Red Lion Inn was awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the 16th consecutive year in 2014.
“Dan has been an integral part of the food and beverage operation at The Red Lion Inn since his start. He is a great fit for Main Street Hospitality Group. We’re excited about his expanded role,” said Main Street Hospitality Group CEO Sarah Eustis.
In this new role, Thomas will oversee all Main Street Hospitality Group wine and bar programs, working directly with wineries, breweries and distilleries. Thomas will also search for new products and collaborate with local producers on fresh libation projects.
“Dan’s knowledge of all things bar and wine is a great compliment to the MSHG food philosophy. I’ve enjoyed seeing Dan grow The Red Lion Inn beverage program over the past seven years, and look forward to working with him on future food and beverage projects,” said Brian Alberg, Red Lion Inn’s executive chef and Main Street Hospitality Group VP of food and beverage operations.
In addition to The Red Lion Inn, Main Street Hospitality Group manages The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA in North Adams and The Williams Inn in Williamstown. The group will manage a Pittsfield property, Hotel on North, upon its opening this spring.