Wine enthusiasts in Denver and Boulder already know that Frasca Food and Wine is one of the top destinations in the country for wine service, thanks to co-owner and Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey. And Wine Enthusiast magazine agrees, announcing that Stuckey is among the honorees of its annual Wine Star awards. Stuckey has been named 2014 Sommelier of the Year and will receive his award at the magazine's gala at the New York Public Library in New York City on Monday. He was also nominated for the award in 2012, but this is his first win.
The magazine states that customer service is a big part of what makes Stuckey stand out as a star in the industry: "Stuckey, a master sommelier, still walks the dining room nightly to offer enthusiastic recommendations and share his passion for wine with guests. This dedication is why the restaurant was nominated for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service from 2010-12, winning the prestigious prize in 2013."
Stuckey is no stranger to awards. In the late '90s, his wine program at the Little Nell in Aspen received national recognition and in 2000, he earned the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service for his work at the French Laundry in Yountville, California (that makes two, in case you're counting). He earned his Master Sommelier title -- which requires passing rigorous written and verbal tests -- from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2004 and is one of only 140 to hold the title in North America.
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Wine Enthusiast gave out 14 awards this year in categories including lifetime achievement, best winery and winemaker, best retailer and even top brewery and distillery.