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Holidays with the Sommeliers

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The holiday cheer is flowing like wine, and we’re here for it.  We’re also here for the rest and relaxation. If you’re like us and you look forward to the end of the day when you’re curled up in your favorite spot on the couch, sipping on your favorite libation, we have some great news. With a little over a week left in the holiday season before the new year, we are spotlighting five sommelier CurEaters and why you should follow them on CurEat to find the restaurant(s) that will carry you out of 2017 and tastefully into 2018!

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Inez Ribustello

After starting her wine career at a Best Cellars wine store in New York City, Inez went on to become an Assistant Cellar Master at the acclaimed World Trade Center restaurant Windows on the World. She was then promoted to Beverage Director which made her the buyer for the largest grossing restaurant in North America. Need more reason to follow her on CurEat?

In 2002, she and her husband opened On the Square, a restaurant, wine bar and wine store which won Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence in 2009. They also founded Tarboro Brewing Company in 2008. All we have to say is that we trust someone with great taste in beer, wine and food.

When Inez finds herself in NYC, she likes to eat at Charlie Bird, Cosme and Le Coucou. Check out her “Where to eat in NYC” list for other recommendations.

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André Mack

While working as a sommelier in San Antonio in 2003, André was awarded Best Young Sommelier in America at the age of 30. Four years later, he went on to start Maison Noir Wines, which are served at some of the best restaurants in the U.S. In addition to founding his own company, he also curates for Club W, a wine club that provides personal recommendations for its members. 

If you’re wondering where André likes to eat when he’s traveling, his profile houses some great lists from Portland, Memphis, Detroit, Charlotte and more. We can guarantee you’ll find great wine at any of the restaurants on his lists.

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Hai Tran

In November 2016, Hai Tran became the beverage director and sommelier at The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia. Before that, he worked as the sommelier at Herons at The Umstead Hotel in Cary, North Carolina. Hai Tran received his Advanced Sommelier certificate by the Court of Master Sommeliers in July 2014, and was one of only 13 individuals in the country to pass the notoriously hard exam at the time.

Hai’s CurEat profile includes 14 different lists with tons of great recommendations in a city you might find yourself in over the holiday season. You’ll find recs in cities like Asheville, Atlanta, Boston, Charleston and Dallas. And that’s not even half of them.

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Jason Restivo

Jason Revisto has over 21 years of experience in the food, beverage and hospitality industry. His experience started at Peppoli in Pebble Beach. He eventually made his way across the country to Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, where he’s spent the last six years as a beverage program developer at two esteemed restaurants in Savannah, Georgia. Jason is a certified Sommelier of the Court of the Master Sommeliers, and was voted Best Sommelier from 2012 to 2014 by the Savannah community. Jason is a go to for not only wine, but he’s also got some great food lists.

If you plan to spend your holiday in Savannah, Jason’s profile is one you’ll want to browse through. He has a list for Best Burger in Savannah, Best Coffee Shops in Savannah, and of course Best Wine list in Savannah.

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Justin Amick

Justin Amick is the Co-owner of The Painted Pin in Atlanta. After moving to Napa Valley and working for the Trinchero Estate’s winemaking team, Amick became the proud recipient of the prestigious Rudd Scholarship from the Master Sommeliers in 2011. If Napa is your holiday destination (and we’re jealous if it is), Justin has a list for some of the best restaurants in Napa. He also has an Atlanta list, Edisto list and a Nantucket list. You won’t want to miss out on one of his recommendations.