Somm Sez

Somm Sez: Ten’s The Charm

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The restaurant business is not for the faint of heart, especially in Manhattan. BLT Steak, founded in 2004, has gone through growing pains, but the emphasis is clearly on growth, as the original outpost in NYC has spun off more than a dozen sibling eateries. Now the flagship of ESquared Hospitality—an international restaurant and hospitality ... read more>

Somm Sez: A Classic Starts Fresh

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Restaurateur Tony Vallone, whose namesake Tony’s is a Houston culinary icon, has added a new target for the city’s wine and food cognescenti: Vallone’s, serving up steak, fish, chops and homemade pasta in the Memorial City neighborhood. We caught up with Scott Sulma, partner and general manager, a veteran of the restaurant group who is ... read more>

Somm Sez: Rocky Mountain Depth & Breadth

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Under the umbrella of Bonanno Concepts—comprising ten Denver restaurants helmed by chef Frank Bonanno—Kelly Wooldridge covers a lot of terroir, so to speak. This vibrant group includes the flagship wine-destination Mizuna (where Wooldridge is also GM and sommelier), a pair of Italian restaurants (Osteria Marco, Luca), casual eateries (Bones, Bonanno Bros. Pizza, Lou’s Food Bar), ... read more>

Somm Sez: Small Plates, Broad Palate

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

  Way west in Midtown Manhattan, Ardesia is a local wine bar with a worldly perspective. The taut, 100-selection list is lean in typical brand names and rich in regional gems. All the better to pair with a quirky menu that ranges from artisanal cheeses and house-cured charcuterie to pickled-jalapeño deviled eggs, pulled-pork sliders and ... read more>

Somm Sez: Southern Comforts

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Elise Loehr, Beverage Director/Proprietor of F. Scott's Restaurant & Jazz Bar and Table 3 Restaurant in ... read more>

Somm Sez: Hatching a New Wine Destination in DC

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Centered on a large wood-fired grill and energized by a focused yet daring wine list, The Red Hen in is one of the nation’s capital’s hottest new restaurants. Adventurous diners have plenty of options on their plates (smoked ricotta… grilled beef tongue… gnocchi with hazelnut pesto) and wines to match, thanks to co-owner Sebastian Zutant. ... read more>

Somm Sez: Tampa’s Wine Oasis

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The Wine Exchange, in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village, is a relaxed bistro and wine bar that conjures up the feel of sidewalk cafés in Europe. Catering to a diverse clientele, the two-decades-strong spot serves up a menu and list, with 40 wines by the glass. Under the direction of Craig Dean, the staff is well-versed ... read more>

Somm Sez: Glass Act

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Church wine was never like this. Wine lovers at Bonterra—housed in a spacious, smartly renovated 110-year-old church in Charlotte, North Carolina’s historic Southend District—have 200 choices of wine by the glass. All of the glass pours are available by the bottle as well (displayed on a veritable wall of wine), and 150 bottles beyond those ... read more>

Somm Sez: Coastal Inspiration

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

AQUA by El Gaucho seems poised for dining drama. Fortunately, the food, wine and service are up to the challenge, and with frequent winemaker dinners, the restaurant has made itself a true destination for wine ... read more>

Somm Sez: A Fresh (& Big) Start

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Alpanah Singh, proprietor/Master Sommelier, The Boarding House, ... read more>
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