During his recent trip to the western U.S. (between Colorado and California), Paolo had the opportunity to meet and taste with some of the top wine professionals working in Italian wine in the U.S.
That’s Paolo (above, right) with Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey, co-owner of one of the best Italian restaurants in the country, Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, home to a celebrated and award-winning Friuli-focused menu and wine program.
A much beloved figure in the north American wine community thanks to his generous mentoring of young and up-and-coming wine professionals and master sommelier candidates, Bobby has amassed an impressive collection of awards and accolades over the course of his career: He is the winner of both the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant Service (French Laundry) and the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine Service (Frasca), among others.
In his work, Bobby wields an unbridled passion for and knowledge of Italian wines and Italian gastronomy in general. And while there have certainly been many excellent italophile restaurant professionals who have come before him, what sets Bobby apart from the rest is the way he seamlessly combines his passion and seemingly innate palate for Italy and its wines with the high caliber of wine service and professionalism that was once reserved (in another era) solely for the wines of France.
To watch him work his dining room as he pours an aged Ribolla Gialla for one table and a fresh bottle of Pinot Grigio (the real stuff, mind you) is to watch a young Cassius Clay float like a butterfly among his peers.
A scholar of Italian vintages, a gentleman among “busboys” (as he likes to call himself), and an athlete (marathon runner and triathlete) to boot, he is one of world’s unrivaled champions of Italian wine. And we all should be thankful for that.
Thank you, Bobby, for taking time to connect and taste with us while we were in Boulder. We LOVE Frasca!