4
| Booze |

Frasca Food and Wine co-owner and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey gets a huge nomination nod in Wine Enthusiast

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Is Bobby Stuckey, co-owner of Frasca Food and Wine, Wine Enthusiast's Sommelier of the year?

He just might be. But even if he isn't, one thing is for certain: Bobby Stuckey is a rock star.

Not just because he's one of only 129 North American wine service professionals who hold the Master Sommelier title, which is one of the most arduous, nerve-racking and expensive endeavors one might ever undertake (the heretofore mysterious details of which will shared with the world in the forthcoming documentary SOMM), but because between spending his nights on the floor of Frasca Food and Wine and making his private label wine, Scarpetta, somehow he manages to find the time to train for and compete in marathons.

"Yeah, I ran the Heart & Sole Half-marathon yesterday, plus the three miles from my car and back," says Stuckey, sounding as fresh and energetic as someone whose Sunday was far less taxing. "I'm training for the Montreal marathon in couple weeks - I've done New York, Chicago, Boston, but Danette, my wife, has never been to Montreal, so I thought I'd run a marathon there and we could make a vacation out of it."

We can't be certain, but all of that just might explain how Stuckey just scored Wine Enthusiast's "Wine Star" nomination for Sommelier of the Year. The geek wine zine, which honors "outstanding achievement in the wine and spirits world," just released its list of nominees today, and Stuckey, not surprisingly, is among the elite.

Here's what the publication writes about the Stuckey: "A master sommelier, Bobby Stuckey has inspired the Boulder, Colorado, beverage scene with his thoughtful Italian-centric wine list and unpretentious, polished service."

"I'm just honored to be nominated," Stuckey says. "We get nominated a lot, but we also lose a lot. I look at myself, like twenty years ago when I was a waiter, and to me, it was a craft to do this front-of-house thing. And that, he continues, "is how I really think of my career - I don't have to be on the floor every night, but that's what I want to do...that's what I'm into. I'm like bricklayer; it's a trade, and it's the one I chose."

Stuckey has been a somm since 1994, an MS since 2004, but there's still something to do every night, he says. "That's what's interesting to me. Sometimes we forget in the U.S. - maybe because it's not sexy -- how much method and consistency matters. There are not many people still on the floor who I was working with fifteen, twenty years ago," he notes.

Find Swirl Girl @swirlgirldenver and on facebook

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.