As Houston's allure as a leading international wine destination continues to grow, a number of New York restaurant pros have found their way here.
Photo by Jeremy Parzen. As the wine director of Danny Meyer's new Manhattan restaurant Marta, former Pappas Bros. sommelier Jack Mason has reached a pinnacle of the wine trade.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse sommelier Steven McDonald is one of them. The San Antonio-born wine stud made a name for himself working at the Michelin-starred Ai Fiori in Manhattan before returning to Texas a few years ago.
Vanessa Treviño Boyd is another. Today, she is the beverage director at the swank Lakeside Country Club in Memorial. But before she came back to her native Texas, she had worked as the wine director at Adour at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, where the celebrated French chef Alain Ducasse once wowed Manhattanites with his spectacular cooking (now closed).More »