They came for the pizza and stayed for the Champagne: a Houstonian on top of the world in Manhattan

roman style pizza recipeThe pizza at Marta in Manhattan last week was awesome: authentic Roman-style, with perfectly seasoned and fired crust and classic and creative toppings (the Carbonara with potatoes was the biggest hit at our table).

But the thing that impressed me the most was the wonderful wine list and wine director Jack Mason’s grace, ease, and affability on the floor.

To my mind, he is the apotheosis of the modern sommelier: an extremely informed, highly able educator and immensely gracious host.

I first met Jack a few years ago when he was just starting out as a sommelier at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Houston. Today, he and his aggressively priced short list of wines from Champagne are at the center of the wine universe.

I phoned him earlier this week and interviewed him for the Houston Press.

He is the nicest guy. And let me tell you, folks, we need more wine pros like him.

Check out my post here. Thanks for reading!

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