Wine: Mouton Noir Horseshoes and Handgrenades
Region: South Oregon + Red Mountain, Washington
Grapes: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
I met Andre Mack, aka Mouton Noir, in 2003-04 when he was head sommelier at Thomas Keller's Per Se in New York. He'd been a prominent fixture in Napa at Keller's flagship The French Laundry and, before he'd arrived in NYC, was already someone everyone in the wine industry wanted to know. He has since left the restaurant business to make small lot garage wines in Oregon, though he's still based in Brooklyn where he lives with his wife Phoebe Damrosch, author of the highly recommended Service Included, and their two beautiful boys. Always an innovator with a hyper-creative mind, Andre has combined his wine expertise with graphic design skills to create an urban hip hop influenced brand that includes beautifully made Pacific Northwest wines and a line of street wear inspired wine geek T-shirts with a tongue-in-cheek, renegade bent. The world is a better place for it; there's always room for more great wine and unconventional thinkers.
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