Episode 798 Joy Livingston interviews André Hueston Mack, in this new installment of Voices, on the Italian Wine Podcast.
About today’s guest:
Iconoclastic sommelier André Hueston Mack was the first African-American to be named Best Young Sommelier in America by Chaine des Rotisseurs. He was a sommelier at Thomas Keller’s renowned French Laundry before opening Chef Keller’s three- Michelin-starred Per Se. As one of the top professionals in the wine industry he has worked with the likes of Amazon, Cadillac, Ebay, National Rental Car, Microsoft and has appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s “The Taste” and NBC’s “Uncorked”. Recently, Mack has recently been featured in videos with Bon Appétit.
In 2007, he founded Maison Noir Wines which incorporated his trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture. The wines are unique and distinctive garage wines (micro-négociant) which source the best fruit possible in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon to produce wines showing the individuality of their respective sites and terroirs. Mack produces 40,000 cases annually which can be found in the best restaurants and retail stores in 45 states and 11 countries.
A self-taught graphic designer, Mack designs all of his labels as well as a t-shirt line for Maison Noir Wines. He has also authored Small Thyme Cooks, the world’s first culinary coloring and activity book which he also illustrated, and 99 Bottles: A Black Sheep’s Guide to Life-Changing Wines, his part memoir and part wine guide. With his wife Phoebe Damrosch, Mack founded and runs & Sons Hospitality Group in the Prospect Lefferts Garden neighborhood of Brooklyn, which includes their wine shop, ham bar, and provisions shop with more to come.
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About today’s Host:
Joy Livingston is the Producer of the Italian Wine Podcast based in Verona, Italy. She has worked with Vinitaly International for several years. In the last year she took over responsibility for IWP; finding guests, liaising with hosts; recordings; all audio editing; jingle creation; scheduling; newsletter & press releases; & to a lesser extent marketing/social media promotion. She is also an editor of manuscripts, proposals, educational materials, books, and websites; a creative writer of blogs & marketing materials. She has also worked on new projects & collaborated in the organization of events throughout the year. A large part of her time has been spent performing translations from Italian to English – this includes books, articles, and blogs. Her background is in Ancient History and Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome but most of her professional career was spent in the legal field in various roles. She is proficient in: German and Spanish, with a working knowledge of French.
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