The Future of Somm Culture: Sommelier André Hueston Mack Shares his Thoughts

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‘The Future of Somm Culture’

by L.M. Archer

Award-winning sommelier André Hueston Mack gives L.M. Archer his thoughts about the evolution of hospitality post-Covid-19.

Andre Houston Mack is an award-winning sommelier and food and wine entrepreneur based in New York City.

André Hueston Mack/Sash Photography


A former Citibank investment banker, André Mack drew attention as the first Black winner of Best Young Sommelier in America in 2003 by Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Food and Wine Society. The award catapulted him to floor sommelier at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Napa, and later to head sommelier at Per Se in New York City.

From the start, Mack set his own pace, regardless of social or cultural trends or norms, including the current Black Lives Matter movement. “Being black in the wine industry is no different than being black for 47 years of my life,” says Mack. The ultra-competitive New Jersey native shows up, suits up and plays to win…Read more here.

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    1. I know. It’s the one downside to writing for a subscription-only based publication with international copyright restrictions. The full article can – and will- be posted upon publication of the next issue of Meininger’s Wine Business International. In the meantime, working for Felicity is worth the delayed gratification.

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