Who he is:
Sommelier and wine consultant to a number of Houston establishments, Sean Beck started working as a waiter at Backstreet Cafe 15 years ago while he was pursuing a history degree at the University of Houston.
"At the time, Backstreet had about a 55-bottle wine list," Beck recalls. Backst ... More >>
"In ten minutes, they're gonna be in the room," said sommelier Antonio Gianola with a tone of urgency.
To his right, fellow sommelier Jonathan Honefenger encouraged his fellow somms along with cries of: "Hustle! Hustle!" The two men moved swiftly from one seat to the next, pouring a deliberate ounc ... More >>
"The sommelier is there to 'translate' the wine" for the patron, says sommelier Sean Beck. Beck runs one of the city's most respected wine programs at Backstreet Café. "You're there to make the guests feel confident about their choice" of wine, he explains.
In a city like petrochemical-based Houst ... More >>