Since his very first job gutting salmon at a fish cannery, Alaska native David Kurka has been more or less immersed in the food service industry. He gained his wine expertise working with top professionals in the area, including John Wabeck at Inox; Jaime Lang at Brasserie Beck; Matt Carroll at Brabo; Andy Myers and Jarad Slipp at Cityzen; and Kathy Morgan at Range.

He received his certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2010, and passed his Advanced exam in 2013. In his dual-role as general manager and sommelier at Masseria, Kurka is dedicated to making each guest experience, and each wine experience, truly exceptional.