This dude KNOWS Italian wine… Before becoming a wine buyer at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s wine store in Port Chester, New York — Tarry Wine — Morgan Pruitt worked at the legendary Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in Manhattan, the place where Batali and Bastianich started the Italian wine revolution in New York.
The years that Morgan worked there — 2000-2007 — were the period that Italian wine took the U.S. by storm (in great part thanks to the team at Babbo, who showed the world the breadth and scope of Italian by launching one of the first 300+ lot all-Italian lists in North America). Morgan was there when it all went down.
Today, as a wine buyer at what has been called a “mini Eataly,” Morgan brings his expertise and experience to bear in a market where the Italian wine renaissance continues to expand (explode, really).
Morgan sat down earlier this week with Paolo Cantele and was particularly impressed with the 2009 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva, which will soon be available at the store.
Morgan, keep on rocking it brother and bringing the good Italian wine to the people! Thanks for your support (and for your love of Italian wine).