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Kristin Lozano: House Sommalier & Award Winning Bartender

If you've been to Paragary's, you know we have a passionate, talented and knowledgable team. This month, we had the chance to catch up with award winning bartender & Paragary's house sommelier, Kristin Lozano.

Kristin recently won first place - a trip to Ireland - in the national Tullamore D.E.W. Bar Stories Cocktail competition for her cocktail, Irish Rose. She was also featured in the latest issue of SOMM Journal Magazine as part of their SommCamp, hosted by Fred Dame- MS and the Wineries and Vintners in Santa Barbara County.

So we know Kristin can craft a delicious cocktail and tell us all about wine, but what's her favorite thing to do outside of work? Her guilty-pleasure food? Her favorite thing about Sacramento? We're about to find out!

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Q&A With Kristin Lozano:

1. What is your favorite cocktail/drink?

Sazerac. It's so simple, yet complex, so elegant, yet powerful

2. If you could add anything to the menu/bar what would it be?

Well, since we already have such an extensive spirit selection and an amazing cocktail program, I'd like to see us be able to bring in higher end wines by the glass. In order to do that we'd have to have a Coravin (wine preservation system), but with such a device we'd have the freedom to pour a wider variety of wines without having to worry about waste.

3. What is the best part of your workday?

The best part of my workday is seeing the looks on my guest's faces after I match their individual tastes to a cocktail. Introducing people to new cocktails, whether I have just made it up on the spot, or have just introduced them to a solid classic cocktail, is what makes my job amazing. It's why I do what I do.

4. What are your favorite activities outside of work?

Besides eating and drinking out at all the newest and best spots here in Sacramento, I love to road trip and check out new eats and drinks from all over! But if all I did was eat and drink all the time, I would probably be huge, so I balance it out with yoga, running, and daily dog walks with my pit bulls.

5. Where is your go-to hangout in Sacramento (a bar, a hidden river spot, etc)?

McKinley Park during the day, since it's so close to by house, and my dogs love when our walk incorporates a stroll around the park. People watching is at it's best here during the day. But when the sun sets, it's time for a drink. Find me at Red Rabbit and B-Side on most of my days off...

6. What is something you cannot live without?

Studying! I know, I know, but most of my free time is dedicated towards my studies, whether is be pouring over old cocktail books trying to reinvent the wheel, or I'm tracing wine regions maps and shuffling through the stacks of flash cards I have. Studying for my Advanced Sommelier exam is kind of like a full-time job.

7. What is the best advice you have received?

Do what makes you happy. It took me many years to realize what I was going to school for (neuroscience) wasn't my biggest passion, it was the food and beverage industry. Life is too short, do what makes you happy! So I did, and continue to do so today.

8. What was your first job?

First job ever was working at the local Dairy Queen in Alaska my freshman year in high school. The job helped my buy my first car!

9. What is your number one guilty-pleasure food or drink?

Candy. The tangy, chewy kind. Sour patch kids, gobstoppers, starbursts...etc....

10. What is your favorite thing about living in Sacramento?

My favorite thing about living in Sacramento is the people. This industry has been so good to me, and everyone in it has become my family. Between the Sommelier community here in Sacramento, as well as the Bartender's guild, I have found a happy home.

(home)

(paragary restaurant group)

(cafe bernardo)

(esquire grill)

(hock farm)
(centro cocina mexicana)