Antonio Gianola is one of the top wine minds in Texas, particularly when it comes to Italian wine. His list at Catalan in Houston took the concept of low-margin wine lists to a whole new level and opened my eyes to how a list could be interactive, educational and fun. These days, things like Biodynamic farming and female winemakers are buzzy on the hip lists in New York, LA and SF but Antonio was tipping the hat to these ideas many years ago. I later learned that he was heavily influenced by Paul Grieco's lists which Paul has later told me are 'open-source' resources made to inspire. My favorite thing about the list is how Antonio mixes wines together and adds a one line note to show what is special about wines that may be passed over. I learned from this list that the wine list is not only a collection of wines that mean something to the sommelier but an opportunity to convey your enthusiasm to the guest whether you're at the table or not.
Download PDF • 155KB