Mazel tov, David Keck! One of Food & Wine’s “Best Sommeliers 2016”

david keck food wine magazineAbove: David Keck (left), owner and author of the wine list at Camerata with Elaine Brown, author of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews in Houston last month.

Food & Wine magazine’s “best sommeliers 2016” title couldn’t have gone to a nicer and more talented guy than David Keck, whose progressive, innovative, and delicious list at Camerata in Houston has become an benchmark for groovy wine in Texas since it opened in 2013.

Mazel tov, David!

I should know: it’s my go-to destination for business and pleasure when I’m in my adoptive hometown (I was there last night sucking down a bottle of Cirelli Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo).

David is a member of that tribe of sommeliers whose chops are rivaled only by their sense and embrace of hospitality and humanity. I’m so glad to see him recognized with this impressive title.

In other news…

Really interesting to taste a vertical of Trinoro last night here in Houston, including the 2001 out of magnum.

Not really my style of wine but the 2001 showed beautifully in the glass, with gorgeous freshness, ripe fruit, earnest vitality.

I was told that this was the last vintage Franchetti raised in large cask and it was a true pleasure to drink.

That’s all that I have time for this morning as I board a plane for Boston where I’ll be pouring Franciacorta tonight at the Wine Bottega. Please come out and see me if you happen to be in town. Wish me speed…

trinoro wine franchetti

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