For the first episode of By The Glass, host Chris Poldoian meets up with prolific wine director Sean Beck for a discussion on the sustainability of Mezcal, the importance of cultivating relationships with distributors, and the role of fine wine in Mexican cuisine.
Sean Beck is the wine director of the James Beard Award-winning H-Town Restaurant Group, whose restaurants include Xochi, Hugo's, Caracol, and Backstreet Café. He attended University of Houston for undergrad and took over the wine program at Backstreet Café when he was 22 years old. For over 20 years, Sean has helped pair Chef Hugo Ortega's cooking with wines from all over the world. Every year, Sean oversees the city's annual Iron Sommelier Competition, which raises funds for The Periwinkle Foundation. Sean can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.