29th Annual Restaurant Poll Interviews

What wines are up and what’s down in the nation’s top dining rooms?

Every January, we poll the top restaurants across the US about wine sales, tracking trends and compiling lists of most popular bottles. In order to put the statistics into context, we interview dozens of the sommeliers who fill out the poll. Here are excerpts from some of our conversations.

We’ll be posting interviews throughout the month, so check back for updates from some legendary spots across the country. And be on the lookout for the April issue, which will contain the full report.

Most Recent Interview

Evan Turner at Helen Greek Food & Wine in Houston on Greek Sparklers

by Tara Q. Thomas | February 21st, 2018

When Evan Turner opened Helen in summer 2015, no one in Houston had seen anything like it. To compile an all-Greek wine list, he had to work every connection he’d made while in NYC at places like Periyali and Thalassa, convincing importers and distributors to bring Greek wines into Texas, at a time when they were unknown in the state. Today, Helen has...

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Past Restaurant Poll Interviews