Andrea Morris Career Shaping Wines
Some of Andrea's fondest childhood memories are about wine: getting a sip of Manischewitz on Fridays, learning how to pronounce French by reading wine lists with her parents, and honestly just liking the taste of it early on. This developed into a more serious passion while she was attending CIA when she realized that she enjoyed wine class more than any culinary class.
Upon graduation she first got a job as a kitchen server at Eleven Madison Park, then found her first sommelier position at the Michelin-starred Oceana. Shortly thereafter she landed at Jean-Georges on the Upper West Side, passing her advanced sommelier exam at 24 and joining the wine team that would go on to get a Grand Award. After more than three years, she left to be the opening beverage director of Nix, John Fraser's Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant, where she was listed on Zagat's 30 under 30 as well as StarChef's Rising Star sommelier.
From there she joined the opening team of the experimental Intersect by Lexus restaurant, where she was recognized as one of Wine Enthusiast's 40 under 40 Tastemakers for her work creating a new beverage program every four months to match the rotating chefs. Most recently she has taken over the beverage program at the storied Union Square Cafe. Andrea is one of the hardest working and talented young sommeliers in the city, and we feel very fortunate that we were able to catch her rising star for a moment to collaborate with Le Du’s Wines. Below she shares a few bottles that helped shape her perspective on great wine, and we couldn’t be more excited about her choices!
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2015
Back when I was a server at Eleven Madison Park, trying to figure out how to break into the world of wine at the tender age of 21, one of the sommeliers casually mentioned that there were only two Abruzzo producers worth knowing: Valentini and Pepe, and then handed me a sip of 1974 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano that I still think about from time to time. While I know now that there are a few others fighting the good fight, there’s no denying that Emidio Pepe is truly one of the greats.
Domaine Génot-Boulanger Mercurey 1er Cru Sazenay 2017
More and more I feel like red Burgundy has become too precious, saved for special occasions with pomp and circumstance. And while I enjoy marking occasions with a celebratory wine, sometimes I just want to drink a great classic, old world Pinot Noir without thinking twice. Génot-Boulanger's Mercurey 1er Cru is exactly the sort of bottle for this kind of enjoyment. This domaine is based in Meursault, but every wine they make is estate fruit and treated with the same care, making this the classiest Mercurey at the dance.
Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine N° 1 Yarra Yering Vineyards Yarra Valley 1996
Sometimes I want a wine to get lost in, to meditate on. Maybe it's been a hard day and I want to focus on the way it opens up, or maybe I want to share it with just one other person who will appreciate it as much as I do. Yarra Yering Dry Red Nº 1 1996 was a wine that proved everything I thought I knew about Australian wine wrong. A cool climate, elegant Bordeaux style blend with the right amount of age, but not trying to copy the French.