Sommelier of the Year

East Austin restaurant nabs top honor from Food & Wine magazine

East Austin restaurant nabs top honor from Food & Wine magazine

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Food & Wine has named laV's Vilma Mazaite one of its Sommeliers of the Year.  Photo by Buff Strickland
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Mazaite chats with guests at the beautiful East Austin spot.  Buff Strickland
LaV restaurant east austin
LaV restaurant east austin

East Austin dining oasis laV offers delicious French-inspired fare and to-die-for desserts. To pair with its acclaimed cuisine, the restaurant offers one of Austin's most impressive wine lists — and a national publication has taken note. 

Food & Wine magazine has named Vilma Mazaite, sommelier of the East Austin gem, one of its 2015 Sommeliers of the Year. Mazaite is one of seven "extraordinary wine professionals" from across the U.S. selected for the prestigious honor. 

"Although she’s excited to introduce customers to obscure grapes like Fendant, she’s a master of Burgundy, sourcing wines from all the best crus," says the magazine about why Mazaite was chosen. In the feature, Mazaite selects three bottles that tell the story of her life. A 2001 Prager Achleiten Smaragd Grüner Veltliner represents her extensive travels through Europe, while a 2001 Movia Ribolla Gialla signals her new perspective on Italian whites. 

You can peruse the story online or find it on newsstands Friday, March 20. 

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