In the second installment of our video series "Finding Grace: The Making of a Restaurant," chronicling the creation of Michelin-starred chef (and former Alinea chef de cuisine) Curtis Duffy's highly anticipated Grace in Chicago, we meet sommelier and general manager Michael Muser. In a frank and funny nine-minute interview, Muser and Duffy talk about putting together a wine list for a menu that doesn't exist yet, finding the right balance between what customers expect and a sommelier's own wine geekiness, and the one wine that sommeliers wish they could drop from their list (and why customers won't let them).
Originally published at Grub Street on May 30, 2012, here: chicago.grubstreet.com/2012/05/finding-grace-wine-list-curtis-duffy-new-restaurant.html
Episode 1 ("Space"): vimeo.com/39695151
Episode 3 ("Plates"): vimeo.com/46291073
Episode 4 ("Service"): vimeo.com/50135971
Episode 5 ("Dinner"): vimeo.com/55269744