Eric Railsback Out at Les Marchands: Founding Partner of Widely Touted Funk Zone Wine Bar Cuts Ties, Takes Job at Mattei’s Tavern

One-half of the dynamic sommelier duo who opened Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant with much fanfare in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone neighborhood last year has left the building, as Eric Railsback is severing ties with the business and taking over as wine director at Mattei’s Tavern in Santa Ynez instead.

The 29-year-old — who started his wine career at the Wine Cask on Anacapa Street while a student at Westmont College before heading to San Francisco to work at RN74 — is passing his portions of the Les Marchands business to his friend and co-founder, Brian McClintic. McClintic, whose path to becoming a master sommelier was featured in the documentary Somm, will continue running the bistro/bar/retail shop, which has fetched headlines in most of the country’s major food and wine magazines since launching in August 2013. more

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