André Hueston Mack
Club W Winemaker Partner // Sommelier // Designer
In 2003, André was honored as the Best Young Sommelier in America by the highly regarded Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. This led to an opportunity to work as a sommelier at Thomas Keller’s world-renowned French Laundry. He headed east to serve as Head Sommelier at Keller’s equally famed Per Se in New York City, where he managed an 1,800-bottle wine list. In 2004, he realized his lifelong dream of becoming a winemaker when he set up shop as Mouton Noir Wines.
Accolades and Current Projects
What do you love most about your job?
The people. Always being on the road gives me the opportunity to meet extraordinary people and dine in some of the country’s great restaurants.
What’s your favorite place to eat, drink, or play?
For playing: Willamette Valley, Oregon — because there’s no play without work.
For drinking: Booker & Dax in NYC — the drinks are made with a hot poker. Need I say more?
For eating: Pok Pok, PDX — no one in this country is doing food like this.
If you were throwing a dinner party and could invite anyone, who would it be?
Malcolm Gladwell, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and the late, great Henri Jayer. And, of course, all my friends!
Who’s your palate icon?
Rajat Parr. Truly one of the best tasters on the planet.
Who or what do you consider your biggest influence?
The work ethic of my parents.
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