John Lancaster began his career in hospitality while obtaining his Business Administration degree at Washington State University. After college, continuing to work in the restaurant industry, John moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in wine. After being the Wine Director at the wildly eclectic Cypress Club, John became the Wine Director at Boulevard in 1996. Under his stewardship, Boulevard’s wine list has received the Best of Award of Excellence from The Wine Spectator every year starting in 1999. Also, Boulevard’s wine list earned the coveted 3 star designation from Fine Wine International, one of only 100 in the United States to earn their top designation.
During his tenure at Boulevard, John has travelled extensively throughout the world’s wine regions studying wine production. In 2002, John launched his own wine brand, Skylark Wine Company (www.skylarkwine.com) with long time Boulevard sommelier Robert Perkins. Their production is based in Sonoma, featuring top North Coast vineyards. Additionally, John is a professional wine judge and consultant. He resides in San Rafael with his wife and two daughters.