This week on In the Drink, host Joe Campanale is joined in the studio by Justin Timsit, the wine director for Gramercy Tavern.

Growing up in a Moroccan family, Justin was introduced to wine at a very young age as wine complemented every meal and was appreciated as a full experience. His passion for wine stirred as his father introduced him to some of France’s iconic domaines and vineyards, which later drove him to explore many other new regions, styles, cultures and traditions.

Prior to joining the Union Square Hospitality Group team, Justin spent three years at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse hotel, where he curated the restaurant’s award-winning wine selection and implemented several new wine programs. During his time there, Lacroix was awarded its first Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for its wine program and Justin was recognized as one of Wine & Spirits Best New Sommeliers of 2016. In 2016, Justin assumed the role of Wine Director of Gramercy Tavern, where he oversees one of New York’s most acclaimed wine programs.

Justin also won the Austrian Wine Marketing Board's "Austria: Uncorked - Best Sommelier of 2016" in their first annual competition in NY this past April.

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