Our Sommelier

Wine Director Joseph Vaccaro brings to Ella Dining Room and Bar more than 20years of Fine Dining experience acquired at locations as diverse as the New Jersey, San Diego and San Francisco. Prior to coming to Sacramento and opening Ella along with the Selland Family in 2007, Joseph was Assistant Sommelier at the Michelin-starred Fifth Floor restaurant in San Francisco, where he trained directly under Master Sommelier Emily Wines.

During his tenure at The Fifth Floor, the restaurant was nominated for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service and was awarded the Wine Spectator Grand Award of Excellence. Joseph has also earned the title of Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Joseph brings his immense expertise and standards of excellence to Ella, where he oversees a Wine Program that is diverse, distinctive and thoughtful, with exceptional selections - from rare and highly allocated wines to value-oriented everyday bottles from California and around the world. Joseph will find you just the right bottle to enjoy on its own or with your meal.

Joseph finds sharing his love and enthusiasm for and knowledge about wine the most exciting and rewarding part his work.  He looks forward to helping you select and enjoy that next bottle at Ella for your special occasion or just because - it’s always a good time to savor the joys of a great bottle of wine!