Finding Grace: How a Sommelier Builds a World-Class Wine List


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). Check it all out, straight ahead.

Previously: Finding Grace 1: “Space”